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Rainham residents raise over £1,000 after charity box stolen from shop

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 March 2018

The contents of the Pinkerbell Stoves charity box was stolen and money then doubled by donations. Left to right Sue Ospreay, Sarah Pinkerton and Jackie Lynch.

The contents of the Pinkerbell Stoves charity box was stolen and money then doubled by donations. Left to right Sue Ospreay, Sarah Pinkerton and Jackie Lynch.

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Rainham residents have raised more than £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support after a charity box was stolen from a shop in the town centre.

The contents of the Pinkerbell Stoves charity box was stolen and money then doubled by donations. Left to right Sue Ospreay, Sarah Pinkerton and Jackie Lynch. The contents of the Pinkerbell Stoves charity box was stolen and money then doubled by donations. Left to right Sue Ospreay, Sarah Pinkerton and Jackie Lynch.

A box containing £440 was stolen from Pinkerbell Stoves in December, and it left manager Sarah Pinkerton distraught.

The money had been raised in memory of her friend Kerry Tydeman and she told the Recorder that she was in tears thinking about what had happened and had trouble sleeping.

After seeing her friend so upset, Sue Ospreay put out a plea on Facebook to try and get the donations back.. and they came flooding in.

Sarah said that the money had been stolen from the shop in Broadway on Friday, December 15, while she was on holiday, and she said that the keys to the shop had got into the wrong hands.

The contents of the Pinkerbell Stoves charity box was stolen and money then doubled by donations. Left to right Sue Ospreay, Sarah Pinkerton and Jackie Lynch. The contents of the Pinkerbell Stoves charity box was stolen and money then doubled by donations. Left to right Sue Ospreay, Sarah Pinkerton and Jackie Lynch.

She said that it wasn’t until she came into the shop the following Monday that she realised the money had gone.

A number of files had been moved around in the office and the Macmillan box was in a different place.

She then checked the box and found that the money had been taken and it was stuffed with cable ties.

The money had been raised at a coffee morning last year, in memory of Kerry who had passed away in 2015 after suffering from bowel cancer.

The contents of the Pinkerbell Stoves charity box was stolen and money then doubled by donations. Left to right Sue Ospreay, Sarah Pinkerton and Jackie Lynch. The contents of the Pinkerbell Stoves charity box was stolen and money then doubled by donations. Left to right Sue Ospreay, Sarah Pinkerton and Jackie Lynch.

Sarah had been close friends with Kerry and his wife Michelle for 15 years, and said she didn’t know what to do when she first saw that the money had gone.

She said: “Kerry was a dear friend of mine, and that makes its even more devastating to know that someone could do something disgusting like this.

“Kerry’s wife was at the event last year and we have a photo of him in the shop so he is always with us.

“It’s the lowest of the low.

The contents of the Pinkerbell Stoves charity box was stolen and money then doubled by donations. Left to right Sue Ospreay, Sarah Pinkerton and Jackie Lynch. The contents of the Pinkerbell Stoves charity box was stolen and money then doubled by donations. Left to right Sue Ospreay, Sarah Pinkerton and Jackie Lynch.

“We were absolutely devastated.

“The response we have got from the people of Rainham has been amazing.

“Rainham often gets a bad press but this shows how amazing the community can be, and we have had tonnes of people coming into the shop to make donations.”

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