Bogus collector steals pub’s charity takings

A10 WEEK 23'MCBH'rd'Karen Shardlow outside the Rising Sun in Haddenham RE theft of Raffle for FNH money
A10 WEEK 23'MCBH'rd'Karen Shardlow outside the Rising Sun in Haddenham RE theft of Raffle for FNH money
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A BOGUS charity collector stole the takings of a pub raffle after presenting staff with a fake ID badge.

The thief pocketed £124 raised by the Rising Sun in Haddenham but luckily the thiefs actions will not affect the charity after a heartfelt donation from the Game Club.

A10 WEEK 23'MCBH'rd'Karen Shardlow outside the Rising Sun in Haddenham RE theft of Raffle for FNH money

A10 WEEK 23'MCBH'rd'Karen Shardlow outside the Rising Sun in Haddenham RE theft of Raffle for FNH money

The full amount of money has still been donated to the Florence Nightingale Hospice after the club pledged to match what was raised on the night.

But the thought that someone could steal from a charity still bemuses pub manager Robert Cousins, who said: “Angry is the polite way of describing how we feel.”

“We raise a lot of money for charity in the pub – we had a collection for meningitis recently – and I really can’t believe someone would do this.”

Mr Cousins’ customers had raised £124 by buying raffle tickets to win a cuddly toy and some chocolates.

He was expecting a member of staff from the hospice to collect the money so was not surprised when a blonde woman turned up asking for the raffle takings.

“She had an ID badge round her neck with Florence Nightingale Hospice written on it so I thought she was from the charity,” he said.

“Two days later another lady who was actually from the charity came into the pub for the money. We had to tell her someone had already been in to get it.”

Mr Cousins described the bogus collector as well spoken with blonde, shoulder length hair.

Karen Shardlow from the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity said: “We occasionally get thefts from our collection pots but that is someone seeing an opportunity and grabbing it.

“What is really disturbing about this theft is that it was pre-planned. They must have found out that the raffle was taking place and gone to the bother of forging a badge.

“We rely on donations and we’re well supported locally, so it’s distressing to think someone has taken the money after all the hard work by the landlord.”