Mansfield charity Extra Care hit by thefts

A MANSFIELD charity shop manager has asked for donations not to be left outside its premises overnight because they have become a regular target for thieves.

Mansfield Extra Care manager Tony Smith says the Regent Street shop, which helps elderly people live independent and healthy lives, has recently suffered an 80 per cent drop in second-hand contributions due to the thefts.

And he says the thieves are not opportunists, but come round regularly in a van to take anything that has been left outside.

Items taken include ladies, men’s and children’s clothing, electrical items and general bric-a-brac - which all have a resale value which would otherwise go to the charity.

He said: “It’s been going on for over four years but I have never known it to be as bad as this. It’s having a severe of impact on our takings and we simply cannot survive without people’s generosity.”

But Mr Smith says the thefts should not put folk off from making donations - and has appealed to anyone who wants to drop off any items to do so during normal opening hours or to make alternative arrangements with the shop.

“It’s a real shame that these people don’t realise what effect they are having,” added Mr Smith. “It’s a really good charity that has an amazing effect on the lives of elderly people and every penny we make here goes to those we are trying to help.

“We help people with dementia overcome the disabling effects of the condition and this requires a lot of money and effort.”