09:00AM, Friday 18 March 2016
A burglary at a Windsor brewery in which £800 of charity cash was stolen has prompted a massive outpouring of public generosity.
The cash, stolen when intruders forced the front door of Windsor & Eton Brewery on the Vansittart Estate in the early hours of Monday, had been raised for the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.
The raiders used a forklift to load two safes, one containing the charity cash, onto the back of a brewery truck. The vehicle was later found burned out on Winkfield Road by Windsor firefighters. Both safes had been forced open.
The break-in has sparked a ‘fantastic community response’ which has seen people rallying round to raise more than £1,000 to replace the stolen charity cash.
Paul O’Connell, logistics manager at the brewery, said: “We are just overwhelmed with the response.
“We’re a close-knit group, and a family-run business, and we’re all as shocked as everyone else. The burglary was like a kick in the teeth.”
Despite the difficult circumstances, on Tuesday the brewery was able to hold its popular members' night. The event pushed the fundraising tally even higher and a JustGiving page has also been started.
Fiona Devine, co-founder of Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, said: “A huge thank you to everyone who has donated. We are so proud of the way our community has pulled together to support our friends at the Windsor & Eton Brewery.”
Will Calvert, a director at the brewery, said: “We’ve been very lucky that nothing like this has happened to the business before and we’ve got to overcome this.
“But if anyone in Windsor thinks they’ve seen anything then please go to the police to give us our best possible chance to get something out of this.”
Contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with any information.
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