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Mystery gift after theft from charity

DONATIONS: A generous supporter replaced the £40 stolen from a charity box for Sue Smy’s head shave
DONATIONS: A generous supporter replaced the £40 stolen from a charity box for Sue Smy’s head shave

A kind-hearted donor handed over £40 to a charity after a thief stole a collection box. The anonymous supporter gave the cash to Demeiza children’s hospice after hearing of the theft from the charity’s book shop in Mortimer Street.

The box had contained money given as sponsorship for Sue Smy, who manages the charity shop further along Mortimer Street and had her head shaved last month. Head of retail Claire Jordan thanked the woman who made the extra donation. She added:

“Her generosity was wonderful but it is very sad that someone would choose to steal from a charity shop. The money was being collected towards a sponsored head shave to raise funds to support life-limited and life-threatened children and their families in the Herne Bay area. Demelza gets very little government support so relies on the generosity of the general public to continue this vital support day in day out.”

The £40 will pay for two art therapy sessions for children to help them express difficult thoughts and feelings. Police are investigating the theft, which happened on Thursday, June 19 when a man distracted staff in the book shop.

• Local band Spex will host a free day of music at the Bandstand on Saturday to raise money for Demelza. Baybusk runs from 11am to 7pm and will feature a host of local musicians, all performing for free. There will also be a tombola.

Herne Bay Times, July 2nd 2014

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