Heart­less thieves take char­ity cash from mum’s own home

Crim­i­nals break in and take money for Down’s Syn­drome

Sunday Sun - - News - By So­phie Doughty Crime Reporter so­phie.doughty@ncj­me­dia.co.uk

A mum has been left dev­as­tated af­ter thieves broke into her home and stole money raised for a char­ity which sup­ports her 10-month-old daugh­ter.

Beth Tren­erry was at home when thieves broke in and stole money she had col­lected to help the or­gan­i­sa­tion that sup­ports her daugh­ter, Luna.

The mum was with baby Luna when the raiders forced their way in through pa­tio doors. They fled the house, in Con­sett, County Durham, with the keys to her hus­band’s blue Audi S3 sports car and a purse con­tain­ing hun­dreds of pounds.

Mrs Tren­erry was up­stairs at the time of the raid.

The 32-year-old said: “I heard the Audi be­ing driven off. When I real- ised what had hap­pened and that they had been in the house I was shaken and could not sleep af­ter­wards.

“My daugh­ter has Down’s Syn­drome and so the money was raised for To­gether 21, a sup­port group and char­ity close to my heart. It made me feel an­gry. It is heartwrench­ing.

“Our plan was to hold a fundrais­ing night and the money stolen was from ticket sales. The money was on top of a char­ity flyer so they must have known what it was for.”

Police are now hunt­ing the thieves fol­low­ing the incident on Red­mire Drive at around 10.50pm on Thurs­day.

A Durham Con­stab­u­lary spokes­woman said: “The vic­tim has been left dev­as­tated by this theft and we hope to bring the cul­prits to jus­tice.”

A fundrais­ing page has now been set-up by Mrs Tren­erry’s sis­ter, Luna Tren­erry from Con­sett, County Durham Beth and Neil Tren­erry from Con­sett, who had their car and char­ity cash stolen Donna Tun­ney, in a bid to re­cover the funds.

And so far more than £1,000 has been do­nated.

Donna wrote: “As some of you will know my sis­ter and her hus­band had their house bro­ken in to on Thurs­day night.

“The vile per­son who did this took Neil’s car and also some char­ity ad per­sonal money. We have been sell­ing tick­ets for our To­gether 21 Ban­quet for sev­eral weeks now and the event is next week.

“Beth had some of the ticket money from her sales and it has all been taken. We would like to try and raise this back plus a bit ex­tra if pos­si­ble.”

Mrs Tren­erry, who works as a florist, had hoped the ban­quet would raise valu­able funds to sup­port lit­tle known char­ity, To­gether 21’s lo­cal group based at New­ton Ay­cliffe, which she says has been a life­line since Luna was born on Box­ing Day last year.

“I knew noth­ing about Down’s Syn­drome when Luna was born,” she ex­plained. “I wanted to meet other chil­dren with Down’s Syn­drome and their mums and that was ini­tially why I went to their group.

“The char­ity is all about early in­ter­ven­tion. The aim was to raise more money be­cause we want speech and lan­guage ther­a­pists and phys­io­ther­a­pists.”

To do­nate, visit www.just­giv­ing. com/crowd­fund­ing/donna-tun­ney

Any­one who saw the ve­hi­cle in the area at the time, or has any in­for­ma­tion, should con­tact Durham Con­stab­u­lary on 101.

IAIN BUIST

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