Sew Wedding and Spare Moments, on George Street, Sutton, was targeted by vandals on December 8, stealing bridal jewellery and smashing decorative glassware, leaving 61-year-old Pam ‘absolutely heartbroken’.
Pam began the arduous task of cleaning up the mess, but had to bin thousands of pounds worth of stock which was covered in glass during the break-in.
Eventually the enormity of the task ahead of her became too much and Pam took some much-needed time off, before returning to her shop in the New Year to get the premises ready to reopen.
She said: “It was such a mess, and so much wool and fabric was ruined, it all had to go in the bin.
“It looks like the overall cost will be about £5,000 in total, which is just awful, I’m absolutely heartbroken over it all.
“We spent about a week cleaning it up before Christmas, but it just got too much for me and I had to step away from it all and get away.
“It just feels like it’s not mine any more, it’s been so tough.”
Returning to her beloved shop with her friends and coworkers, Pam finally finished the clean-up and reopened on January 22.
“I could not have done it without the support of my friends and colleagues,” she added.
“They have been brilliant and worked so hard to help me get back on my feet, so thank you to Dawn Edson, Debbie Harrison, Sharon Pascucci and Margaret Stimpson – you are all stars.”
Unfortunately, Pam is also no closer to finding those responsible for the break-in.
"We are just getting on with things now and trying to build the business back up,” Pam continued.
"January is always a slow month for everyone and there are still some repairs to be completed, but then we hope to get our sewing classes and knitting groups back up and running.”
A spokesperson for Nottinghamshire Police said: “The incident is thought to have happened in the early hours of Wednesday December 8 and we are still appealing to anyone who witnessed the break in to get in touch with us.”
Anyone with information on the incident is urged to get in touch with Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident 122 of 8 December 2021.