Homeless charity helped by 'amazingly kind people of Cheltenham'
"OUR faith in humanity has been restored."
That is the view of Emmaus charity shop co-manager Rob Haddow, after donations poured in when the Cheltenham shop was the targeted by thieves two weeks ago.
More than £100 in cash was taken by thieves in a sneak attack on September 4, and the Echo reported the story on our front page.
The money taken was nearly half of a day's takings.
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People including celebrities and businesses have rallied around the shop, donating more than £1,200 and rising, for the shop's uses.
Only a day after the story was reported, former Bond girl Fiona Fullerton, who has moved to Montpellier, Cheltenham, covered the entire loss.
Managers at the shop plan to improve the shop space with the money, and to support other charities in the local area, including homelessness charities, Emmaus being one itself.
Mr Haddow, who runs the shop with Hilary Booker, said: "The amazingly kind people of Cheltenham have been very supportive and we have now received a substantial sum.
"We had donations from a solicitors' office, sponsorship by a runner in the Cheltenham half marathon, and even just a £2 from a rough sleeper who wanted to help.
"It is very touching, and it has renewed our faith in humanity after the disgusting attack a few weeks ago.
"Besides monetary donations, we also have more volunteers coming in to help at the shop than ever before, and we've had all sorts of clothes, books, you name it."
The charity works countywide, and provides food for the street homeless in Gloucester three times a week. It also runs a 23-bed unit in Gloucester.
"In keeping with the Emmaus way of doing things, the money donated as a result of our loss will be put to good us," Mr Haddow said.
"We will be passing it on to other projects and charities in the local area."