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Thieves Threaten Charity's Work

CALLOUS thieves have stolen cash from a charity that helps more than 9,000 poverty stricken families each year.

The theft of more than £2,000 from The County Durham Furniture Help Scheme is now threatening the charity's aims of helping even more families in future.

The organisation helps some of the poorest families across the county by collecting and re-using household items to enable them to furnish their home at a low cost.

The theft took place during broad daylight while manager Chris Palmer showed a family around the furniture showroom in Chilton, County Durham, on Thursday.

It is believed that the thieves waited until the office was empty to steal the takings from the previous week which amounted to more than £2,000.

Mr Palmer fears the theft will jeopardise the charity's expansion plans.

He said: "We're all devastated by this.

"We volunteer our services to re-use furniture to help some of the poorest families across County Durham, which often makes the difference between them staying together or splitting up.

"This is a huge amount to a small charity like ours and may have an impact on our plans to find new premises and expand the operation."

Due to increased demand from struggling families and the prospect of a recycling contract with the county council, the charity hoped to establish further premises to help more people.

It has been looking for an additional warehouse to collect and show furniture it re-uses with workshop space for essential maintenance such as PAT testing for electrical equipment.

But the financial setback may force the charity, which is run solely by volunteers and supports training of those on probation, learning difficulties or disabilities, to put the plans on hold.

The Furniture Scheme collects unwanted furniture and household items so instead of going to landfill sites they can be reused by poorer families to help make their house a home.

Many of those helped by the scheme have lost their jobs, been victims of violence or domestic abuse or had uninsured accidents in their homes.

Mr Palmer is urging anyone with information to contact Durham Police who are investigating the theft.

Anyone with any information should contact PC Terry Smith on 0345-6060365

 

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