A Liverpool charity that was rocked by a violent robbery has been overwhelmed by donations from generous members of the public.

On Tuesday, a robber "with no teeth" stormed into the headquarters of The Brain Charity in Norton Street, threatened staff with a weapon and stole £95 from the till.

When the man was disturbed by a member of staff at the organisation, which helps people with all neurological conditions, he threatened the worker with what appeared to be a sharp object or blade.

The Brain Charity has issued CCTV images of a man police are seeking in connection with the offence and have asked anyone with information to come forward.

But after sharing details of the shocking incident in the ECHO, the charity says it has been inundated with kind donations that have far outweighted what was stolen.

In the less than 24 hours since details of the robbery were made public, generous Scousers have raised more than £700 for The Brain Charity – far surpassing the original £95 stolen.

Tui Benjamin, head of communications and fundraising at The Brain Charity, said: “This incident had 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 would like to extend our thanks and gratitude not only to our generous long-standing supporters but to the many members of the public in Liverpool, Merseyside and beyond who, despite having no direct connection with the charity, were compelled to make a donation.

“To have raised more than £700 in less than 24 hours is incredible, and we do not take this support for granted."

Ms Benjamin said the extra cash raised will directly be able to support people across the region who may now be more isolated under new local lockdown restrictions.

She added: “With Merseyside having been hit with more local lockdown restrictions, we pledge that every penny of the money raised will be used to pay for services to help our clients deal with the implications of this – including by keeping our vital counselling service available on a face-to-face basis to support those in mental health crises and by hosting online activities to prevent social isolation.” 

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Police are still hunting the suspected robber, who is described as white, in his late forties or early fifties, approx. 5ft 3ins tall, of slim build, balding with receding grey hair and with no teeth.

He was wearing a grey and navy hoodie, grey tracksuit bottoms, black trainers and a blue mask under his chin and was carrying a large black Sports Direct bag.

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Detective Inspector Amy Smith said: "While thankfully no-one was hurt during this incident, staff at the centre have clearly been left shaken by what they experienced.

“This money was clearly destined for a national charity based in Liverpool which provides emotional and practical help for people with neurological conditions.

Images have been released after a robbery at The Brain Charity in Liverpool

“It's hard to believe that someone would stoop so low as to target the charity in this way and take money that has been given generously to help them continue their invaluable work.

“We are determined to find and bring to justice the man responsible for this, so if you recognise the description of the offender, or witnessed a man acting suspiciously in the area at around 5pm on Tuesday, please contact us so we can take action.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’.

You can also call 101 quoting incident reference 20000575256 or 20000574032, or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information

To find out more about The Brain Charity visit www.thebraincharity.org.uk or call 0151 298 2999, and to make a donation click here.