Heartless thief swipes hospice collection tin
Staff shocked as substantial cash sum is stolen
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