Pupils raise money for Rugby charity shop after thieves ransacked store

Staff pictured outside Headway after the theft
Staff pictured outside Headway after the theft

Schoolchildren have raised money to help get a charity shop back on its feet after heartless thieves smashed through its roof.

The Headway charity shop, in Clifton Road, Rugby, was targeted on September 14 when thieves smashed through the roof and ransacked the store.

The charity, which helps people rebuild their lives following brain injury, was left to pick up the pieces after the thieves trashed the shop’s shelves and donations before stealing a safe containing nearly £70.

But after reading the article in the Advertiser, a kind-hearted stranger donated £1,000 to help with store repairs.

And now pupils at Paddox Primary School in Rugby have given the charity a further boost with their latest fundraiser.

The school’s headteacher also read the Advertiser’s article and donated £428 raised through a non-uniform day to Headway.

Rachael Smith, of Headway, said: “Everyone at the Headway shop feels incredibly supported by the local community and media.

“We are particularly pleased that it is a primary school getting behind supporting the cause as brain injury is an incredibly complex issue and it is important to educate young people about the effects and help available.”

Speaking at the time of the break-in, Louise Revan, manager of the Headway charity shop, said: “It is difficult to believe that someone could be so cruel as to vandalise and steal from a charity shop.”

Anyone wishing to support Headway is welcome to visit the shop at 5-7 Clifton Road.