Thieves fail to spoil the ‘best day’ of Donna’s life

Wed­ding party gifts were stolen from car

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

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.”

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