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Oxfam Music store in Southampton in appeal for help
IT was a callous act that saw a city centre charity lose thousands of pounds worth of stock destined to raise money for the impoverished.
Today a drive has been launched to help the store get back on its feet – a campaign backed by the Daily Echo.
Staff at the popular shop, which sells vinyl, CDs, DVDs, mugs, T-shirts and more, are urging members of the public to dust off their old records or memorabilia and make a donation.
Thieves fled with almost £6,000 worth of stock, damaged lockers, and left a trail of destruction following the latest incident, which was branded “callous and disgusting” by police and bosses.
The shop was previously targeted in 2011, when burglars took almost 3,000 CDs, a computer and a collection tin.
Rob Milner, store manager, said that the public’s reaction since the break-in has been “overwhelming” and hopes this appeal can help the store recover.
He said: “This campaign will help massively. It is getting out the fact that we need stock in the store not just now but throughout the year.
“We always need stock and rely on generosity.
“It can be anything as long as it’s music-related – from DVDs to Beatles mugs.
“Those specific things would be amazing to get back.
“Losing both computers, it has been really difficult piecing together what we lost as we had a database of a lot of it.
“There were a couple of nice John Surman records and jazz records taken.
“If there are things that are sat in the loft that haven’t been seen for 20 years then we could really benefit from them if it’s not a loss for anyone.
“The reaction has been overwhelming.
I have been on the phone or answering e-mails every ten seconds – it has been insane.”
Mr Milner, who has been running the store for the past five years, said that the city’s music scene has been a great help, with The Joiners venue, and organisations such as Ejector Seat offering support.
He added: “It’s hard to get your head around who would do anything like this.
“At the end of it we want to be back on our feet again and feel like we were as strong as we were.”
Can You Help?
DO you have any old records you could donate? Or have any ideas on how Oxfam Music Southampton can get back to former glory? Or are you a famous musician who would like to donate a signed album?
The Daily Echo would like to hear from you. Contact reporter Rory McKeown on (023) 8042 4996 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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