Grimsby shop owner 'sickened' by charity box theft
THIEVES have stolen a cancer charity collection box from a shop owner whose sister is currently battling the disease.
The donation box for Macmillan Cancer Care – and other items – were taken from Beadelightful, in Cromwell Road, on New Year's Eve, after thieves broke in through a rear window.
Shop owner Nicola Maasdam, who discovered the break-in yesterday, said the theft of the box – which has been in place ever since her sister Monique was diagnosed with breast cancer last month – had "sickened her".
It contained at least £60 collected by Nicola's 12-year-old daughter Dominique, who had sold off some of her books and DVDs to raise money.
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Nicola, who has fought cancer herself, said: "I just can't believe someone would take something like a charity box. It's sickened me.
"It's a cause that is really close to our hearts. I was diagnosed with cancer when I was in my 20s and came through it and last month Monique found she has breast cancer.
"She has a Macmillan nurse and Dominique was so impressed with what she does, she wanted to give something back."
Other items taken included jarred candles, handmade jewellery, soaps and bath products, laser-decorated glass blocks, unique Chupa Chups and animé-style bags, nappy bundles and even gift certificates.
The thieves also took cash and Dominique's laptop, which was in an upstairs room.
Nicola said: "What is strange about it is that they seem to have cherry-picked what they wanted to take.
"For example, they have taken two cushions and just the case from another cushion – leaving behind the cushion pad and some similar cushions.
"They have also taken a selection of bracelets that were kept on a tube, picking off the ones they wanted rather than just taking the whole tube.
"I'm grateful that they haven't taken more, but it just seems strange.
"I'm so angry about it, I can't even tell you. It's so senseless – just pathetic.
"However, I have to say thank you to our friends on Facebook who have offered to come over and help us clear up and the staff at Wynsor's World of Shoes opposite, who have sent us a card.
"It just goes to show there is a real community spirit and that most of the people out there are nice."
Can you help?
Anyone with information about the break-in or who has been offered items for sale, is asked to call Humberside Police on 101, quoting crime reference 256 of January 2. If you would like to help replace the charity box collection, please call Sarah Carey on 01472 372213 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org