Thieves fail to spoil the ‘best day’ of Donna’s life
Wedding party gifts were stolen from car
A Rutherglen bride- to- be was left heart-broken when thieves stole gifts for her wedding party just days before her big day.
Donna Vergoz, who said “I do” to new hubby Chris on Saturday, had left the personalised picture frames, wallets and teddy bears in her car outside her Woodend Road home last Wednesday night ( June 3).
But when she checked the next day, the items had all been stolen.
Also taken was a tiara Donna had borrowed from the relative of a workmate.
Donna, whose maiden name is Kelly, (38) made an emotional appeal for their return through the Reformer website on Friday.
The post reached over 7000 people and dozens of you shared it to see if anyone had come across the goods in the hope they had been dumped as they were personalised.
Despite not getting any information as to their whereabouts, Donna, who holds down two jobs in a lawyers office and with Pizza Hut, was overwhelmed by the offers of support and help she received.
And she also told the heartless thieves they didn’t manage to ruin her big day at the King’s Park Hotel.
When asked if she had a message for the thieves, she said: “What goes around comes around.
“I think that is correct phrase. I do truly believe that if you do the right things in life good things happen.
“The support and kind words of support that I got from others just proves this.
“If anything the incident taught me how to have more gratitude and look for the good in people instead of the bad. There is definitely more good, nice and caring people in the community than bad.
“It was a lovely day, the best day of my life, just unforgettable and I couldn’t praise the King’s Park Hotel enough.
“I wouldn’t give whoever did this the satisfaction of thinking they ruined my day.
“We had lots of people coming forward offering to help, offering tiaras and things like that.
“We bought new picture frames, but we were upset they weren’t personalised, but one woman came forward and helped us personalise them. I was amazed at how people responded.”
The person who helped them
out was Siobhan Coutts (47), from Rutherglen.
She said: “Our daughters go to the same cheerleading group. I saw what happened and just offered to help.
“I was just happy to help out, you just do what you can.”
Despite not overshadowing the big day, the theft initially left the family devastated.
As well as Donna and 35year- old Chris, their two daughters – Burnside pupil Sophie (10) and Megan (14) who attends Stonelaw – were affected.
In fact, Sophie was so upset she put a balloon with a face on it up to her bedroom window to deter would-be intruders and had to sleep at a neighbours house the night of the wedding.
And it’s also forced Donna to defend Fernhill, where she lives.
She said: “I was actually quite annoyed at some of the comments, people saying ‘well, it’s Fernhill, what do you expect?’
“The majority of people up here are lovely. I love my street and I wouldn’t move from here.”
Donna, who still has no idea how the thieves managed to gain entry to her car, now wants other people to be aware of leaving things in their vehicles overnight.
She added: “It ’ s all personalised gifts, so it’s got no value to anyone.
“It’s not the money, but we put a lot of thought and time into these gifts.
“The hair piece, I actually borrowed that from someone. It has sentimental value to her. I don’t even know her, I borrowed it from someone at my work, but now I’ve got to tell her it’s been stolen.”