Thieves have been rifling through and stealing donations left outside of a charity shop – and now its owners say items should only be dropped off during opening hours.
Staff at the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home store in Bennetts End are left to clean up the mess left behind by the crooks.
Lesley Blencowe, the charity’s director of retail and trading, said: “We are extremely grateful for all the donations we receive.
“But sadly those left when the shop is closed are being damaged or taken.
“To ensure your donation is received by the shop, please can we ask that you drop it in to us only when we are open.”
The shop at 34 Bennetts Gate, Bennetts End, Hemel Hempstead, is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm.
Its staff are always looking for good quality stock, including homeware, fashion, accessories, books, CDs and DVDs.
Tring-based Iain Rennie Hospice at Home changed its name to Rennie Grove Hospice Care after merging with St Albans day hospice Grove House in 2011. But some of the original shops still have the old name.
The charity’s shops raised £2.1m last year, which goes towards supporting people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.