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‘Scum’ take £200 hospice money from Blackburn fundraiser
CHARITY thieves who stole around £200 from a collection box have been slammed by a Blackburn fundraiser.
James Monnery, who co-runs Tattoo Heaven, in New Chapel Street, had been raising money for children’s charity Derian House, but was ‘heartbroken’ to find a wad of cash had been taken.
The tattoo studio had organised several fundraising events, which had also included a two-day tattoo-a-thon, and the cash collected in the box was to be used to top-up the donation total.
Mr Monnery said he could not believe anybody would take money that was meant to help terminally ill children.
He said: “I feel sick to my stomach, I felt like crying when we found it had gone.
“The money was in a charity bottle that was in the studio, I went to empty it to put it in a secure bottle and there was a wad of notes gone. “It is absolutely unbelievable, especially considering the kind of charity it was for. It is for dying children and to support their families and I just cannot believe anybody would do this.
“I hope they can find it in their hearts to at least give the money back and find out what Derian House is all about.
“They have not stolen the money off me, they have stolen it from the children.”
Roya Khadem, fundraising co-ordinator for Derian House, said: “Unfortunately, no matter whether you are a charity or a business, people just don’t seem to care. It is a shame, but we don’t want James to feel guilty for this, it was not his fault.
“No matter how much he raises, it will all go to the hospice. For somebody that is doing a fundraising event off their own back and for this to happen is such a kick in the teeth for them. We are very grateful for the event he is doing.”
A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “It has been reported to us and we are looking into it. Nobody has been arrested at this stage.”