A mystery donor has stepped forward to repay sponsorship money stolen from behind the counter at a charity shop. The thief struck at the Demelza bookshop In Mortimer Street at about 1pm on Thursday, June 19, after distracting volunteers. The £37 in change had been raised by shop manager Sue Smy, who was sponsored to shave her head in aid of the children’s hospice. This week, an unknown reimbursed the charity after reading our report about the theft In last week’s Gazette, with £3 on top. Demelza’s head of retail Claire Jordan said:
“We are so touched that someone read about the theft from our Herne Bay shop and chose to donate £40 to Demeiza. We are always overwhelmed by the generosity of our supporters and it is only thanks to the continued help of the local community that we are able to carry on looking after children and families who desperately need us day in day out. Thank you so much for behalf of everyone at Demelza”.
Police are still hunting the suspect, who is described as aged in his 30s, about 6ft, with light brown hair. He was wearing a blue top. Anyone with information is asked to call 101.
Herne Bay Gazette, July 3rd 2014