Mak­ing it bet­ter – kind medic launches ap­peal

Mid­wife sets up fund for party for chil­dren with cancer af­ter thieves steal cash tins

Uxbridge Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­

MONEY set aside to pay for a party for chil­dren with cancer and a break­fast for staff work­ing on Christmas Day has been stolen from a hos­pi­tal.

A fundrais­ing ap­peal has been launched in an at­tempt to re­coup the losses af­ter three char­ity tins were stolen from Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal.

The tins were taken from the Choices Restau­rant at the Pield Heath Road hos­pi­tal in Hilling­don.

Since the cal­lous theft, kind­hearted staff and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity have stepped in to help re­coup the losses.

Hilling­don Hos­pi­tals Char­ity di­rec­tor, An­drew Bick­erdike, said: “Al­though it is un­known ex­actly how much money the tins con­tained when they were stolen, they were quite full.

“This is such a shame. These peo­ple have stolen from their own com­mu­nity, from them­selves.”

A mid­wife at the hos­pi­tal, Denise Ahmed, heard about the thefts and has launched a Just Giv­ing page in the hope of rais­ing £300 to help the char­ity at Christmas.

Ms Ahmed said: “As a mid­wife at Hilling­don, I’m sad­dened and shocked at hear­ing this news to­day.

“Please can you spare what­ever you can to give them a lit­tle some­thing back.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate it is hard to as­cer­tain the amount of money they ac­tu­ally lost but fig­ured some­thing small is bet­ter than noth­ing.”

So far a to­tal of £462 has been raised thanks to do­na­tions from 44 peo­ple.

One con­trib­u­tor com­mented: “Shock­ing theft of the col­lec­tion boxes. Hope you raise the money for a won­der­ful party.”

Com­ment­ing af­ter the tar­get has been smashed Ms Ahmed added: “Thank you, thank you all once again, I’m ab­so­lutely over­whelmed at all of your gen­eros­ity.”

The page will be open un­til Jan­uary 13. You can do­nate ei­ther through www.just­giv­ crowd­fund­ing/denise-ahmed or you can also use the Hilling­don Hos­pi­tals Just Giv­ing page .

n SHOCKED INTO AC­TION: Mid­wife Denise Ahmed (left) has launched a fund af­ter cash meant for young pa­tients was taken by thieves

As a mid­wife at Hilling­don I’m shocked at hear­ing this news. Please can you spare what­ever you can to give them a lit­tle some­thing back

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