HOSPICE chiefs have been “overwhelmed” by support from the local community after one of their charity shops was robbed.

Thieves stole cash from the St Vincent’s Hospice shop in Glenburn, Paisley, in the early hours of December 18, causing extensive damage.

Since then, residents have rallied round to support the Howwood-based charity, offering money, time and effort to help get the shop up and running again.

The hospice has received hundreds of pounds in donations via anonymous drop-ins and through a JustGiving page.

One of the donors was Olivia Anderson, who handed over £640 on behalf of her family and in memory of her mum, who was cared for by the hospice.

Kate Lennon, chief executive at St Vincent’s Hospice, said: “The week started with the shocking news that someone would do this to a charity.

“In the few short days since then, however, we have been absolutely overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of so many people.”

After learning the shop’s door was damaged beyond repair, local joiner William Galloway contacted his suppliers at A1 Ironmongers and fitted a new one free of charge.

And Moya and Willie Paton went above and beyond the call of duty by providing staff with a new cash register.

Kate added: “Whether you have made a cash donation or offered your time and effort to help fix the store, please know how humbled and grateful we are for all of your support.”