Staff at The Brain Charity have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the public after receiving £1,000 in donations following an armed robbery.
An offender entered the public ground floor area of our headquarters on Norton Street, Liverpool city centre, shortly before 4.55pm on September 22nd, before stealing just under £100 in cash from a till.
When the man was disturbed by a member of staff, he threatened them with what appeared to be a sharp object or blade. The alleged robber then fled the building on foot.
After appealing for witnesses online and via local media, The Brain Charity’s management team were shocked when donations began to pour in. Within 24 hours, more than £750 had been raised – and this figure has now hit £1,000.
Thanking supporters, Tui Benjamin, head of communications and fundraising at The Brain Charity, said: “This incident left staff shocked and saddened, but we never lost faith in the overwhelming goodwill of the majority of the population. The incredible response to what happened proved this - we feel humbled to have had such a hugely positive public response to our appeal to replace the funds. We wish to thank all of our donors for their incredible generosity. This money will be used to support people facing isolation under new local lockdown restrictions.”
Police are still hunting the suspect, who is described as white, in his late forties or early fifties, approx. 5ft 3ins tall, of slim build, with receding grey hair and with no teeth. No arrests have been made.
The money raised will be used to pay for keeping The Brain Charity’s vital counselling service running on a face-to-face basis and by hosting online activities to prevent social isolation.
If you would like to donate to help the work done by The Brain Charity, please visit this page.