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Ex-soldier from Clacton replaces stolen charity cash
5:00pm Thursday 27th September 2012 in News
AN ex-soldier dipped into his own pockets to replace charity cash stolen by callous thieves.
More than £400 was stolen from a car on Pier Avenue on September 15 after a fundraising drive for blind veterans.
Harold Wagstaff, of Little Clacton, saw a story on the theft in the Gazette and decided to help.
He said: “I was part of the armed forces for six years, including during the Second World War.
“Fortunately I didn’t get a scratch, but I saw plenty of people get hurt then and it seems like a lot of our soldiers are getting hurt now.
“The fundraisers must have been so upset when the first lot of money was stolen.
“This is something I can do to help them and help the charity.”
Not only did he replace the stolen £400, he also donated another £400 to the fund.
Fundraiser Robert McHenry, who was the victim of the original theft, said he was delighted to receive the extra cash for Blind Veterans UK.