Hospice anger as fundraiser cash is swiped from safe


Almost £1,000 was stolen from a charity shop just hours after volunteers spent the day fundraising at Love Bletchley Day.

A volunteer at the Willen Hospice shop on Queensway says she was shocked to discover £900 had been stolen from the store’s safe after the event, where they were selling lottery tickets and running a tombola.

Sue Coles said: “On the day it was all hands on deck so we could raise as much money as we could.

“After the event finished, the money was cashed up and put into the safe because it was after the banks had closed.

“Myself and one of the managers had gone away for the weekend, but were called on Tuesday morning to be told one of the volunteers had opened the shop and found the money missing.

“I am gobsmacked that this has happened.

“It’s the fact that we are working to raise money for a good cause – I don’t think many people who you speak to will not know someone who has gone there, so it affects everyone.”

The theft, which happened between Saturday evening and Tuesday morning has been reported to the police, who are now investigating the incident.

Sue said: “Hopefully someone like us will hear something – it’s worth a shot.

“I can’t see us getting it back – whoever took it has probably already spent it on drugs or drink, but they might have a loose mouth so someone could hear about something and tell the police.”