‘De­spi­ca­ble’ van­dals slash tyres

Vic­tims at church at­tend­ing fundrais­ing night

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HEART­LESS van­dals slashed the tyres of fundrais­ers who were hold­ing a church event in mem­ory of a woman who died of a brain tu­mour.

Parish­ioners at St Mary The Vir­gin Church, in Church Hill, Hare­field, or­gan­ised an ‘in­dul­gence evening’ to raise money for the church and The Brain Tu­mor Char­ity.

The ‘Girls’ Night Out’ event on May 15 was in hon­our of Caron Mitchell, who had or­gan­ised many pre­vi­ous fundrais­ers for the church un­til her un­timely death in March, aged 54.

How­ever af­ter­wards it was dis­cov­ered that seven ve­hi­cles in the venue’s car park had their tyres slashed some time af­ter 6pm.

San­dra Mitchell, who had been one of Caron’s clos­est friends and is chair of the church’s so­cial and fundrais­ing com­mit­tee, said: “It was sad be­cause it was a me­mo­rial to our friend, so it just put a damp­ener on the evening.”

The event’s or­gan­iser, Louise Blinn, from Hare­field, added: “It was a re­ally big deal for us to do this, as Caron al­ways or­gan­ised this event, and it was ru­ined.

“It was a de­spi­ca­ble, de­testable thing to do and I hope karma gets them back for this. For me it ru­ined the evening and I feel deeply re­spon­si­ble as I put it all to­gether.”

The fundraiser, which ran from 6pm to 10pm, fea­tured var­i­ous ther­apy and pam­per­ing treat­ments, from reiki and re­flex­ol­ogy to pedi­cures and wax­ing.

Those tak­ing part raised £175 for the char­ity and £420 for the church – Hare­field’s old­est build­ing – to put to­wards restor­ing its his­toric tower.

Po­lice are re­view­ing CCTV footage in an ef­fort to catch those in­volved. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call 101.

To do­nate to­wards the ther­a­pists’ ex­penses, send cash or cheques, payable to St Mary’s So­cial Fund, to St Mary’s Parish Of­fice, 28 Countess Close, Hare­field, UB9 6DL, in an en­ve­lope marked ‘In­dul­gence Evening’.

n FUNDRAISER: Caron Mitchell, who died in March, aged 54. Above right, St Mary The Vir­gin Church where the event was held

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