Thieves steal from charity’s festive event

SHOCKED charity fundraisers have branded thieves ‘despicable’ after they stole money from a Felpham Christmas fair’s raffle.

Home-Start Arun, which helps struggling families across the area, are still reeling after £140 was taken from the festive event held in Felpham’s Memorial Hall.

Louise Mortley, the charity’s fundraising manager, said: “Around 200 people had attended and we’d raised £950. Everyone was in such good spirits. But this theft has soured everything.

“We cannot imagine how anyone could stoop so low as to steal from a charity that sets out to help those most in need in our community.

“It’s a despicable thing to do and we’re all still reeling from the shock of it.”

The crime took place on November 30. It was towards the end of the event when stall holders were cashing up, one of the volunteers, an elderly lady who suffers from arthritis then noticed her takings were missing.

“They singled out the mot vulnerable and elderly of our volunteers, a lady who also happened to be sitting in front of her stall with the cash box beside her, and very deliberately targeted her,” she said.

Mrs Mortley said the charity, which operates with 17 volunteers, wanted to publicise as a warning.

Bridget Richardson, the charity’s manager said she was saddened by the theft, which marred an otherwise successful event. “We just feel utterly devastated and disheartened that anyone should steal from a charity,” she said.