Posted: Thu 24th Nov 2022

Plea to help charity shop “bounce back” after cash and raffle prizes taken during break-in

Wrexham.com for people living in or visiting the wrexham area

A Wrexham animal welfare charity shop targeted by burglars is calling on the community to “help it bounce back.”

Cats Protection’s shop in Lord Street was broken into on Wednesday, 16 November, when a back window was smashed to gain entry.

Money, new products and gifts destined to be raffle prizes to raise much-needed funds were stolen during the raid.

The shop suffered extensive damage externally and internally, forcing it to close for three days for repairs, in what is traditionally a busy time in the lead up to Christmas.

Staff at Cats Protection are now appealing to any local businesses who are able to donate replacement prizes.

Area retail manager Lesley Fishleigh said: “It was distressing for the manager and her volunteers to come into work and find the shop in such a state.

“Our customers spend money in the store knowing it is going towards helping the thousands of cats the charity supports every year.

“For someone to steal money and raffle prizes is heart-breaking.

“We are hoping that people will consider donating their good quality second-hand items so we can replenish our stock.

“We would also love to hear from local businesses that may be able to spare a gift or voucher so that we can once again have a fantastic fundraising Christmas raffle.”

Selling a range of second-hand and new items, the shop supports the work of Cats Protection, the UK’s largest feline charity, in its mission to help homeless cats and kittens and promote good welfare for all cats.

The shop is also seeking new volunteers to join the team with plenty of roles available for anyone looking to gain retail experience, meet new people and help cats in the process. For more information on volunteering email wrexham.shopmanager@cats.org.uk

North Wales Police are investigating the break-in and anyone with information can contact 101 citing crime reference number B173923.



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