6 May 2021
A picture of Team provide Sanctuary for Rotherham children's charity

A Rotherham charity shop close to the community’s heart has been revamped following a devastating break-in, thanks to a kind-hearted local team.

Volunteers at children’s charity Barnardo’s in Parkgate were left distraught when the shop was burgled and ransacked, with stock damaged and destroyed, and the shop’s wellbeing area ruined.

The local maintenance team from Sanctuary heard about the break-in and wanted to help. They set about undertaking a range of works on the shop, including reconstructing the kitchen, making the electrics safe and repairing the bathroom.

The Barnardo’s staff were thrilled with the end result. The shop manager, Debbie Houghton, said: “To come in and find our lovely shop mindlessly vandalised like that was just devastating.

“We are all volunteers and weren’t sure how we were going to pay to get the shop back to its normal state, so when Sanctuary offered to help free of charge we were just thrilled.

“I can’t thank the team enough for what they’ve done for us, and we are really grateful for how quickly everything was pulled together.”

Sanctuary’s trade supervisor for South Yorkshire, Jessica Senior, commented: “We are just happy we’ve been able to make a contribution to a place that’s very dear to the community. Barnardo’s does invaluable work and we were honoured to work with them.”

Justin Cassells, Sanctuary’s gas engineer and the person who organised the project, added: “I would like to thank our maintenance team for pulling out all the stops to help at Barnardo’s, what an amazing job they’ve done.

“It makes me so proud to work for Sanctuary when I see a response like this.”