Messages of goodwill have spread after thieves broke into the Tree House Bookshop and stole the till just weeks before the shop’s first birthday.
Victoria Mier, who set up the non profit community shop last summer, said things are now back up and running as normal , despite losing around £500 in goods.
The entire till including its £60 cash contents was taken during the break-in on Saturday night.
And as well as making off with a day’s takings, the thieves took the shop’s laptop which Victoria cannot afford to replace amid ongoing financial struggles.
“It may not sound a lot but is a day’s takings, and the laptop was fairly new,” she said.
“The worst part is that the building now feels vulnerable. We think we know how they got in so security can be tightened, but it’s not a great feeling.
“We will survive, it is just a bit of a blow after starting to feel so positive again.”
The community bookshop in Abbey End was threatened with closure earlier this year when Victoria announced she was struggling to make ends meet at the shop.
But in a turnaround decision and ongoing support from the town, the venture is still going and looking forward to first anniversary celebrations on July 26.
Chairman of the Chamber of Trade, Richard Hales put out a message of support for the shop, calling for shoppers to pop in and show support when it is needed most.
Police are investigating the break-in and any information should go to officers on 101.