CRUEL thieves have swiped a charity tin which had been put out to raise cash for cancer victims.
The Hartlepool & District Hospice fundraising tin was stolen from the Stag & Monkey pub, in Hartlepool’s Brenda Road.
It is not known how much was in the tin, which had been placed on the bar to encourage customers to donate any spare change to the hospice.
A spokeswoman for Hartlepool & District Hospice said: “We are really sad to hear this news.
“Hartlepool & District Hospice relies on the goodwill of people who donate money in this way which goes towards helping people get the right care when they need it most.
“We are concerned that this could jeopardise future contributions if people do not feel money is safe and secure so would like to reassure the public that this is a rare and isolated incident.
“We are really grateful to everyone who supports hospice collection boxes.
“Your small change adds up to £14,000 which is enough to fund Day Hospice Care for a whole year.”
The theft happened at around 9pm last Thursday night.
Police were notified of the theft at 9.40pm, and were due to speak to staff at the pub to see if there is any CCTV footage available of the incident.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “The theft of a charity box was reported from the Stag & Monkey on Thursday at 9.40pm.
“Inquiries are continuing.”
Hartlepool & District Hospice is the only adult hospice in the Hartlepool and east Durham area offering a service which makes a vital difference to the lives of thousands of families each year.
Having been with various cuts in funding in recent years, the facility relies heavily on fundraising from the public with a host of events taking place each year to keep the service in operation.
As a registered charity that receives just 24 per cent funding from the Government, the Hospice must raise £2.34m each year to maintain these services, with £1.8m coming from the community and our own fundraising initiatives.
Anyone with information about the theft can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or the police on the non-emergency 101 number.
To help the hospice in any fundraising activity, call the team on (01429) 855555.