Thursday 14 February 2019

Emmaus Hertfordshire aids burgled Deaf Children’s Trust

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Emmaus Hertfordshire came to the aid of a Deaf Children’s Trust after thieves raided its charity shop in St Albans earlier this month.

The ransacked charity shop on Hatfield Road belongs to Kadect, which stands for Kashmiri and African Deaf Children’s Trust. On Friday 1 February, the charity chairman Mohammed Akhtar arrived to find the premises had been turned upside down and the till had been smashed.

After hearing of Kadect’s ordeal, staff and residents at Emmaus Hertfordshire wanted to help and have donated a till so the trust can replace its smashed one. The till was presented to Mr Akhtar by a resident who has experienced homelessness and is now being supported by Emmaus Hertfordshire.

Speaking on the donation, Mr Akhtar, said:

“I would like to thank Emmaus Hertfordshire for helping us out. It is very much appreciated, and it means we can now get up and running again with a new till. Everyone in the wider community has been very helpful and kind, offering money and donations to help us out.”

Jennifer Hewson, Business Development Manager at Emmaus Hertfordshire, said:

“As a charity shop ourselves, we could imagine the impact this robbery would have had on Kadect and therefore we knew we needed to help. It was great that we were able to donate one of our old tills that we used for training and hope it helps them get back on their feet.”

Emmaus Hertfordshire supports 39 people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion by offering them a home for as long as they need and the opportunity to learn new skills by volunteering in its six shops in St Albans, Barnet, Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, and Tring.

Hertfordshire Police are currently investigating the burglary. Any witnesses or anyone with information should contact Hertfordshire Constabulary on the non-emergency number 101, quoting ISR 184 of February 1.

To find out more about Emmaus Hertfordshire, please visit www.emmaus.org.uk/hertfordshire