December 13 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 30, 2013
The founder of a charity which supports parents whose babies have died is outraged after donations for the worthy cause were stolen from a café.
A full purple charity box for Norfolk-based Hana’s Gift was snatched from the counter of Logans on Swan Lane, Norwich.
It had been in the independent business for the past eight weeks and was just about to be emptied when the theft happened.
Karen Murray-Tye, 35, from Forster Way, Aylsham, said: “It makes you feel sick that somebody could do that. It was clear on the container what it was for.
“To steal from any charity is awful and the parents we are helping have gone through so much. It is heartbreaking that somebody is that cold.”
She added that every penny counts for her charity, set up in June 2011, and incidents like the theft from Logans made her reluctant to put out more charity boxes.
“If someone can walk in and do that it makes you feel like you cannot trust people. I know things are financially hard at the moment but that is no excuse to steal from a charity,” Mrs Murray-Tye added.
She believes the theft could have happened between Friday September 20-Saturday September 21 because staff first realised it was missing on Monday September 23.
Her sister Kat Murray, 31, from Gawdy Road, Heartsease, Norwich, works part-time at the café and was going to count the money the day it was stolen.
Miss Murray does a lot of voluntary work for Hana’s Gift which supports bereaved families of babies lost through late miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal loss, as well as children up to the age of five in Norfolk and Suffolk.
It helps pay for memorials, mainly headstones, and memory boxes.
It does not receive any government funding and Mrs Murray-Tye said previous collection boxes have raised up to £90.
If anyone finds the charity box or money call Logans on 01603 764341 or Mrs Murray-Tye on 01263 733950.