St Wilfrid’s shop open as usual after car blast

It’s business as usual’ according to St Wilfrid’s Hospice’s shop in East Wittering following a fire which caused significant damage to the front of the building.

During the early hours of August 25 a vehicle parked outside the shop in Shore Road was set alight, with heat from the fire causing considerable damage to the plate glass window and the glass in the door plus all the fittings. The shop sign was also damaged.

The window has since been made safe and the shop was open again by 2pm that day.

St Wilfrid’s Hospice’s trading manager, Siobhan Robinson said: “The team at East Wittering shop would like everyone to know that its ‘business as usual’. The exterior of the shop needs a lot of work following the arson attack, but inside the team are waiting to welcome you.

“It’s important that people carry on supporting us whether purchasing or donating goods to help raise much-needed funds so that St Wilfrid’s can continue providing its high-quality specialist palliative care to people across the community.”

The fire is being investigated by police after the blast which destroyed the vehicle and shop window around midnight on Saturday, August 25.