Nurse ap­peals for bur­glars to re­turn medals

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

A Toko­roa fam­ily’s hol­i­day at Mt Maun­ganui was shat­tered when they heard that their home had been bur­gled with pre­cious medals and pass­ports stolen.

Ir­ish-born nurse Ju­lia Wil­son hopes some­one will recog­nise her ‘‘dis­tinc­tive medals’’ awarded to her for nurs­ing and sport­ing achieve­ments in Ire­land and the United King­dom.

‘‘We just felt so vi­o­lated when my mother-in-law called us with the news,’’ Mrs Wil­son said.

The Toko­roa com­mu­nity nurse and her hus­band left for the Mount on De­cem­ber 27 with the bur­glary dis­cov­ered on Jan­uary 4.

‘‘It was clearly a very pro­fes­sional job apart from what had been stolen there was no ob­vi­ous sign of a break-in,’’ she said.

Mrs Wil­son, who moved to New Zealand 29 years ago, said a safe taken in the bur­glary con­tained the medals, fam­ily pass­ports and some rare jew­ellery. ‘‘There were two unique pieces of gold (jew­ellery) from the Mid­dle East but the medals are of no real value to any­one ex­cept me,’’ she said.

The first medal is from the Nurs­ing Coun­cil of Eng­land and Wales while the sec­ond is a keep­sake from Whipps Cross Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal in London where Mrs Wil­son trained.

The stolen sport­ing medals were for camo­gie, an Ir­ish women’s stick-and-ball team sport al­most iden­ti­cal to the game of hurl­ing played by men. Mrs Wil­son played to re­gional level, while an­other medal was for rep­re­sent­ing a Mun­ster foot­ball team.

‘‘While we would like to get ev­ery­thing back it would be good to find those medals and our pass­ports,’’ Mrs Wil­son said.

Se­nior Sergeant Graeme Hill said po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the bur­glary, one of three in Toko­roa over Christ­mas-New Year.

Mr Hill said the fig­ure was ‘‘be­low av­er­age’’ for the town.

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