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Thieves steal cancer charity money in York
THIEVES have today stolen a charity collection box from a shop in York, which was raising money for a children’s cancer charity.
Offenders struck at the Vision Express branch in Parliament Street on the eve of a fancy-dress fundraising event tomorrow. The donation tin contained money for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust, Vision Express’s official chosen charity.
Store manager Judith Crowe said: “It’s awful. I would rather give them the money out of my purse if they’re so desperate, rather than them stealing a charity box. It’s blatant that it’s for a charity.”
She said it was the fourth such theft in the five years she has been at the shop. Staff notified city-centre security guards straight away but have not managed to trace the suspects.
Staff had emptied the tins most days so it was unlikely a huge amount had been lost, but she said: “I am so annoyed. We have been decorating the store and making it nice for Saturday’s event and then someone steals the box.”
Today’s event is a 1980s-themed fundraiser, including a raffle, book sale and fancy dress. A team of cyclists will also stop off en route to Nottingham on a 200-mile sponsored challenge that has raised more than £26,000 so far, and it will also be attended by Gill Crook from
Copmanthorpe, whose 18-month-old grandson Walter Rappe-White was diagnosed with the rare eye cancer retinoblastoma a year ago.
Walter and his parents had been living in Sweden, where the condition was detected in a routine test not performed in this country.
Mrs Crook said: “It’s absolutely disgusting that anybody could do that when people are giving in good faith. It’s disgraceful.”
A spokeswoman for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust said: “It is very upsetting to hear that someone has taken another collection box from this store, particularly at a time when Vision.
"Express staff up and down the country are working so hard to raise vital funds to support babies and children who have been affected by this devastating eye cancer.”