OWNERS of a new shop want to give back to the community after hundreds rallied round when their front window was smashed by vandals.

Barry Van Goethem and Tom Sneesby were appalled when yobs booted in the window of Grape to Grain,Prestwich, on Sunday, July 3, but the generous offers of help that followed stunned the pair.

And now as a thank you to the community they are hosting a cheese and wine event with profits going to a local charity.

The pair, who opened the wine merchants and beer cellars on June 17, used Facebook to share CCTV footage of a youth kicking and smashing a window of their shop in Church Lane.

Mr Sneesby, of Whitefield, said: “After I posted the footage we had hundreds of people asking if we have a kitty they can donate to, to help replace the window.

“Luckily we’re covered so we’ll be using our insurance to pay for the damage. There will still be an excess to pay but we’re a business so we’ve got to be prepared for these things.

“It’s such a shame because everyone that’s visited the shop has been amazing so far. Everyone’s been so welcoming and supportive and then we wake up on Sunday to see that a senseless yob has booted our front window in.

“We’ve had so many people saying how embarrassed and upset they are that this has happened in their village within a month of us opening.

“Cash is tight because we’re a new business but we will be replacing the window and if people want to help out we thought why not hold a party to help raise funds for a local charity instead.

“It’s more of a thank you to everyone for their support — we’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of kind words and offers we’ve had.

“It overshadows what that lad did and shows just how strong the community in Prestwich is.

“They do not represent the Prestwich we have been welcomed by so far.”

A GMP spokesman said: “We were called at 4.57pm to Church Lane, Prestwich. An unknown offender had approached the shop and used an unknown instrument to hit the front window, causing it to smash, before they fled.

“Police have reviewed CCTV footage and there are no new lines of enquiry. This is not a live investigation, but if new information comes to light then we will investigate.”

The friends are throwing a party on Thursday, July 28, when they will provide free drinks and cheeseboards in store. Tickets cost £10 with all profits going towards a local charity chosen by the public.

To buy tickets, go to wineandcheesemcr.com