Cruel thieves steal cash at fundraising charity day

A MOBILE phone and nearly £150 was stolen at a charity event in Havant this weekend.

Sunday, 10th June 2018, 5:35 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 4:45 pm
Vanessa Taylor from South Coast Rabbit Rescue. Picture: Malcolm Wells

At the South Coast Rabbit Rescue Family Fun Day in Havant Park yesterday, an iPhone was taken from one of the volunteer face painters, and £140 was taken from a volunteer from Brent Lodge.

Vanessa Taylor, from South Coast Rabbit Rescue, told of her sadness at the fundraiser ending with such unfortunate events.

She said: ‘We had a volunteer doing some face painting for us and the phone was taken while she was doing it.

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‘It was an iPhone and a fairly new one at that so was obviously very disheartening.

‘But then we heard from the Brent Lodge volunteer that their takings of £140 had also been taken.

‘It’s heartbreaking that the event ended on such a sad note for everyone – Brent Lodge is one of the best wildlife centres around and I was so upset for them.

‘I couldn’t sleep after it happened – I just kept on thinking about how sad it was.

‘It’s an awful thing to happen, especially at a charity event, and hopefully this won’t happen again in the future.’

But South Coast Rabbit Rescue refused to give up, and has raised £200 for Brent Lodge through an appeal today.

Vanessa said: ‘We’ve managed to raise a bit more than what Brent Lodge had made on the day, which is fantastic news.

‘I am incredibly glad that we’ve been able to replace what was lost.’