Donation for charity after burglaries

Furniture Now recieve a cheque from the police
Furniture Now recieve a cheque from the police

A charity which was targeted by burglars last month has received a donation from Sussex Police.

Furniture Now, which is based off Courtlands Road in Eastbourne, has been given the money to help protect itself against thieves.

The Neighbourhood Policing Team for Bridgemere in Eastbourne chose to help the local charity after it was targeted by thieves.

Furniture Now recycles old furniture and provides training and development to people in need of work experience.

However, their building has been targeted by thieves on two occasions, on October 12 and 23.

The criminals broke in and stole money stored in the building. Some of the cash was tips from customers thanking them for the support they had offered.

PCSO Emma Kelvey said, “Furniture Now does nothing but good for the local community, it doesn’t work to make a profit, just to give people a helping hand and they have been targeted by unscrupulous criminals.

“We wanted to do what we could and so Sussex Police has donated funds to help increase security on the site.

“Hopefully this charity will be allowed to continue its excellent work without being victimised again.

“ I would ask anyone that has information about this despicable crime to come forward to tell us what they know.”

A donation of £250 was given to the charity from the Police Property Act Fund which is made up of property seized from criminals being sold. The fund donates money to various charities and good causes across Sussex.

Tim Hawkins, Furniture Now manager, said, “We would like to thank Sussex Police for this generous donation. We aim to help as many people in the community that we can, and when we found out we had been burgled our hearts sank. However hopefully we can make sure we never get targeted again.”