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Charity cash stolen after fundraising drive for blind veterans
2:30pm Monday 24th September 2012 in News
A FUNDRAISER has slammed a heartless crook who stole cash collected for blind veterans.
A group of charitable collectors spent their day rattling tins in Clacton town square on Saturday.
They raised hundreds of pounds for the charity Blind Veterans UK.
But as they loaded the collecting tins into their car at the end of the day a thief snatched the cash and disappeared.
Ex-soldier Robert McHenry, 86, who organised the collection said: “We were just packing up for the day when it happened.
“The car was parked near McDonalds in Pier Avenue, and we lifted up the boot and loaded the collection buckets into it.
“I left it up while we got the last bits to put into the car and someone stole the money.
“I just can’t believe it. We worked really hard to collect that money. It is sick to steal from a charity for blind veterans."
The fundraisers say more than £400 was taken by the crook.
They were left with just £30 to hand over to the charity.
Mr McHenry added: “We are so disappointed to have nothing to give to the charity after working so hard to raise the money.
“It is sad to see the state of the world when this sort of thing can happen.”