Vic­tims of theft praise ‘in­cred­i­ble’ sup­port

Macclesfield Express - - GENERAL ELECTION 2017 - STU­ART GREER

AN el­derly cou­ple have praised fundrais­ers who ral­lied in sup­port af­ter they were tar­geted by a thief.

Jean Murray, 86, had her hand­bag snatched from inside B&M Bar­gains on Ex­change Street, Mac­cles­field, in March.

The bag con­tained £1,100 cash meant for a last hol­i­day with her ter­mi­nally ill son Geoffrey, who died last week.

Their story prompted a wave of sup­port and three sep­a­rate fundrais­ing ap­peals launched a to­tal of £430.

The cou­ple, from Mac­cles­field, are now ask­ing for the cash to be do­nated to the David Lewis Cen­tre in Alder­ley Edge, where Geoffrey lived.

Jean said: “What those peo­ple did was in­cred­i­bly touch­ing. It re­stores your faith in hu­man­ity some­what.

“Al­though we had the money stolen we were able to get some of it back on in­sur­ance. With that in mind we would ask that do­na­tions be sent to the David Lewis Cen­tre. Geoffrey re­cived the great­est care there and we would like that recog­nised.”

Af­ter the theft Jean, her hus­band Will, 88, and Geoffrey man­aged to take a fam­ily hol­i­day.

But last week, Geoffrey, 56, who was bat­tling cancer, died in Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal.

Among the fundrais­ers was Al­fie Chap­man, 24, a sup­port worker from Mac­cles­field, whose ef­forts col­lected £135 for the cou­ple.

Al­fie, who lives with his fi­ancée So­phie Doig and three-month old son Eli- jah on Ver­non Street, said: “I am re­ally pleased with what was raised. It was a nice ges­ture and I’m glad Jean and Wil­liam want to put it to good use.”

An­other on­line cam­paign by Ron Faulds, 46, from Sal­ford, raised £240 for the Mur­rays.

He said: “I read about it on­line and thought I’d try my best to help.”

The third, by a man known only as Arek raised £55.

Police are still look­ing for a woman in con­nec­tion with the theft, which took place on March 24 around 3pm.

She is de­scribed as be­ing of East­ern Euro­pean ap­pear­ance with a slim build, in her early 30s and with dark shoul­der length hair.

Jean’s hand­bag con­tained cash, a purse, mo­bile phone, glasses, a gold neck­lace and vi­tal med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion about her pace­maker.

If you can help call police on 101 quot­ing in­ci­dent 660 of 24 March or anony­mously via Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

The cou­ple’s son Geoffrey died last week

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