Staff at the Bransby Horses charity near Lincoln were devastated when thieves broke into their visitor centre, making off with a much-needed collection box and a significant cleanup bill.
While police investigations into the burglary continue, residents and supporters of the equine rescue and welfare charity have come to the rescue, offering a wave of kind donations.
The incident, which took place in the early hours of Wednesday, August 17, was captured on CCTV. Footage showed a hooded thief breaking into the building and making off with the donations box.
Not only was the charity left with a big hole in funds used to rescue and rehabilitate homeless and neglected horses, but the perpetrator also carelessly left a catalogue of damages for the team to deal with including a smashed glass door.
The charity said it was “deeply saddened” by the break-in.
Messages of support and £300 of donations have arrived from kind supporters and as a result, the charity has been able to replace the stolen donation box promptly.
Said Chief Executive Jo Snell: “Following the break in we have been overwhelmed by the kindness of our supporters which has really lifted the spirits of the Bransby Horses’ staff.
“Everyone works so hard and to be the victim of theft was heart-breaking. Thank you so much to all of our wonderful supporters.”
The charity continues to operate as usual, opening to the public seven days a week, from 10am to 4pm.
Anyone wishing to visit or make a donation can do so by visiting the website here.
Anyone with information on the break-in, or who recognises the person pictured in the CCTV footage above should call Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting the crime reference number: 3417816.