Police hunt Sheffield charity box thief

Jan Birch of the Wainwright Therapy Centre, Nether Edge
Jan Birch of the Wainwright Therapy Centre, Nether Edge
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A heartless thief is being hunted by police after stealing a charity box.

The culprit took a charity box for St Luke’s Hospice from a complementary therapy centre in Sheffield.

It is believed the box contained between £30 and £50.

Jan Birch, of the Wainwright Therapy Centre in Nether Edge, reported the theft to South Yorkshire Police after discovering the box was missing on Monday afternoon.

She said she is ‘disappointed and disgusted’ by the theft.

“I believe the box was taken when I left the door on the latch for a few minutes when I was not in reception,” she said. “Somebody must have sneaked in.

“Normally people press a buzzer and I can press a door release button to let them in, so I am really upset.

“We would have been really upset about any charity, but especially St Luke’s which does such wonderful work.

“My father set up the therapy centre in 1950 - it was our family home. It is distressing to have had somebody in here stealing - it makes you feel violated.”

A spokeswoman for St Luke’s said the charity relies on donations and fundraising to run its hospice in Whirlow.

Una Moran, Director of Fundraising for St Luke’s, said: “It is despicable and disheartening that anybody could even think of stealing any sort of charity collection box.

“At St Luke’s we depend on the generosity of our many supporters, and the money they place in the collection tins we have across the city makes a vital and major contribution to the £4.5 million we need to raise annually simply to keep providing our range of completely free services.

“Stealing a collection box is not only stealing from the hospice, it is also stealing from the many people of Sheffield and their families who depend on our support at the most difficult time of their lives.”

Call police on 101 with information.