CHARITY volunteers have been left devastated after its shop was broken into.

During the break in, at the NSPCC Cymru / Wales shop in Dyserth, heartless thieves took the collection tin and set on fire in the car park.

Donated silver jewellery was snatched as well as Easter gift hampers for a forthcoming fundraising raffle.

Jess Finnegan, community fundraising manager for NSPCC Cymru / Wales in North Wales, said: "Our dedicated fundraising volunteers have been left distraught after our community shop was broken into at the end of last week.

“Our big collection tin was set on fire in the car park, and donated silver jewellery was taken as well as our Easter gift hampers for a forthcoming fundraising raffle.

“It’s incredibly heart-breaking for our wonderful team of local fundraisers who give their time tirelessly to help raise money for NSPCC Cymru/Wales, but we have all been uplifted by the community for their response and support."

The charity relies on the public for 90 per cent of its funding.

Jess added: "It is these donations that help to fund our crucial work preventing abuse, protecting children from harm and being there for young people and their families when they need us most."