A Selsdon charity is in desperate need of new stock after thieves broke into its store earlier this week.

Among its shops across the country, Mind - a mental health charity founded in 1946 - operates out of Addington Road.

But store manager Vicky Higgins was met with shock when she opened up the store on Thursday morning to find it had been broken into overnight.

“We are sad to confirm that there was a burglary at our Mind shop in Selsdon yesterday, January 30." she told the Croydon Guardian.

"We are working with the police on this matter."

She said "loads of stock" was taken during the burglary.

But as devastating as that was, she was delighted to see residents rally around the shop.

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The scene of the break-in

“It’s heartening to see that the local Croydon community are already rallying round and offering to donate more items to help us get back on our feet again," she added.

“We take clothes, books and electrical goods and urge anyone to donate pre-loved items they no longer use. Mind relies on the generosity of people donating items to our shops, and each bag of stock we receive is worth an average of £30.

“Even clothes which are dated or lovingly worn are still worth something to us, so please don’t hesitate to dig out things from the very back of wardrobes as long as they are still wearable or usable. Items we are particularly interested in include things like new books, winter coats and anything that would make good presents.

“The money we make helps fund Mind’s vital work such as the Mind Infoline, our information and advice services, and campaigning for a better life for people with mental health problems.”