‘Despicable’ vandals slash tyres
Victims at church attending fundraising night
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