Heart­less thief swipes hospice col­lec­tion tin

Staff shocked as sub­stan­tial cash sum is stolen

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

STAFF are in shock af­ter a heart­less thief swiped a ‘sub­stan­tial’ amount of money from a char­ity shop that raises money to pro­vide care for the ter­mi­nally ill.

A Michael So­bell Hospice col­lec­tion tin con­tain­ing cash is be­lieved to have been taken from the Ruis­lip High Street shop be­tween 10am on Mon­day March 21 and 10am the fol­low­ing day.

The tin was chained to the shop counter but was cut free by the crim­i­nal.

It was full of do­na­tions mem­bers of the pub­lic had given in ex­change for knit­ted Easter chicks filled with Cad­bury Creme Eggs.

Ev­ery year the char­ity is given sev­eral hun­dred eggs for free from Cad­bury and then vol­un­teers spend time knit­ting chicks to put them in to sell in the shops.

The chicks were on sale for £2 each or three for £5, so staff be­lieve a sub­stan­tial amount of money would have been inside the stolen tin.

Elaine How­ell, man­ager at the Ruis­lip shop, said: “I am deeply shocked and dis­ap­pointed that some­body would steal a col­lec­tion tin full of char­ity do­na­tions.

“All the money in our boxes goes to­wards vi­tal pa­tient care at the hospice and I can’t imag­ine why some­one would do such a hor­ri­ble thing.”

The Ruis­lip branch, which has been in the High Street for 15 years, re­cently had a much-needed makeover for cus­tomers to en­joy.

The hospice needs to raise £1.6 mil­lion ev­ery year to fund the care for its pa­tients and col­lec­tion tins are a valu­able source of in­come for the char­ity in North­wood, gen­er­at­ing around £20,000 ev­ery year.

A Metropoli­tan Po­lice spokesper­son said: “We’re in­ves­ti­gat­ing an al­le­ga­tion of bur­glary that hap­pened be­tween 10am on Mon­day March 21 and 10am on Tues­day March 22 at a char­ity shop in High Street, Ruis­lip.

“A char­ity box be­lieved to be con­tain­ing cash was stolen. We don’t know how much was inside.”

No ar­rests have yet been made and po­lice are con­tin­u­ing with their en­quiries.

If any­one has any in­for­ma­tion on this crime, please con­tact Hilling­don Po­lice on 020 8721 2547. The ref­er­ence num­ber is 28092/2/4/16 and the crime num­ber is 0906506/16.

You can do­nate di­rectly to Michael So­bell Hospice by us­ing their on­line form.

All the money in our boxes goes to­wards vi­tal pa­tient care”

n ‘DEEPLY SHOCKED’: Elaine How­ell, man­ager of the Ruis­lip char­ity shop

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