BURGLARS stole £1,000 in charity cash from the home of a girl who faces a battle to save her sight.
Thieves broke into the home of teenager Sian Cook while she and her family were asleep.
They stole the money from a briefcase in the house in Portchester. It had been collected from ticket sales for a gig being staged in Sian’s honour. The burglars also took a laptop and games console.
Sian’s family have arranged the Punk by the Sea concert, starring music legends the Buzzcocks, to bring in cash for London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Doctors at the famous children’s hospital are preparing to give Sian, 16, an operation to save her sight.
She suffers from linear morphea, which causes the loss of hair follicles on the scalp. It can damage sight as it worsens.
Mum Vicky Cook, 45, said: ‘The thieves came through the patio door and took a load of things.
‘They have taken the PlayStation 3, the charity money and Sian’s laptop.
‘It’s disgusting someone has done this. We just want the money back because that was for charity. It was for the hospital to say thank you for all they have done.’
The Cook family is also appealing for the laptop’s return as it is used for school work by Sian, who goes to Harbour School in Sundridge Close, Cosham.
Housewife Vicky added: ‘We’ve been told her condition is affecting her eyes and if the damaged area isn’t removed she could lose her sight.
‘Doctors will remove her hair and inflate balloons under her scalp to take away the area.
‘This all came as a shock – we knew the condition wasn’t treatable, but we didn’t realise it could make her go blind.
‘The doctors have been fantastic and that’s why we have arranged Punk By The Sea.’
Sian said she was not thinking about the operation, but focusing on her education.
She said: ‘I want to redo my GCSEs so I can get a better grade, then I want to do a business course.’
Hampshire Police confirmed a burglary took place during the morning of Saturday, June 5.
Inspector Russ Kavulok, of the force’s control room, said: ‘An amount of money was stolen. I’d like to appeal for any witnesses that may have seen anything suspicious to contact us.’
Anyone with information can call Portsmouth CID via 0845 045 45 45, 101, or calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
· Punk by the Sea is on South Parade Pier on Saturday, June 18 from 2pm until late. Acts include Buzzcocks and Peter and the Test Tube Babies. For tickets see punkbythesea.co.uk