Tuesday 26 September 2017

Mystery donor sends £1,000 following burglary

Companions outside shop

We recently opened our post and were excited to receive a £1,000 cheque from a mystery benefactor, after sharing the news that we'd been burgled.

In July, heartless thieves broke into our Archcliffe Fort charity shop, stealing hundreds of pounds from a safe in a night-time raid. The perpetrators have never been caught, after leaving with £1,000 in cash.

Our companions live here in our accommodation at Archcliffe Fort, so we were all really shaken up when we discovered the burglary had happened whilst they were asleep on the same site. We eventually decided to speak out and spread the news among our local community, in the hope that someone might be able to aid the police investigation.

When we got the cheque in the post, we were obviously overjoyed. The kind-hearted person had included a note explaining that they had seen the news and wanted to help. When something like this happens, it makes you realise just how many good people there are out there. We’d like to say a public thank you to our mystery donator, whoever you are!

The money will be put towards continuing the work of Emmaus Dover, which has been based at the Archcliffe Fort site since 1995. We now run four shops: at Archcliffe Fort and in Dover town centre, as well as Ashford and Canterbury.

Speaking about the donation, companion Darren Keenen, who has been supported by Emmaus Dover since January 2008 said:

We’re all really excited about the cheque - £1,000 is a lot of money! It’s so nice that someone has gone out their way to help us – it shows that local people do care. Whoever it is, we want to thank them for being so kind and thoughtful.”

Since the news of the burglary has been made public, over £100 in smaller donations has also been handed over by generous shop customers.

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