December 12 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 7, 2013
A national cancer support group has said they are “devastated” that money raised for them by staff at the town’s hospital has been stolen.
A box of donations raised by members of the dermatology and skin cancer unit was taken from an office at the hospital after they took part in the charity’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event on September 27.
And although the collection box is thought to contain less than £100 the actions of whoever committed the theft have left staff extremely upset.
The incident was reported to Suffolk Police as having taken place sometime between 5.30 on the evening of Friday September 27 and 9am the following day.
After hearing of the crime Mandy Jordan, Macmillan’s Fundraising Manager for East Suffolk and Waveney said: “We are hugely grateful to the thousands of people who raised money for us through the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
“It is generous members of the public and their fundraising that make this and much more possible.
“I am, however, devastated to hear that funds raised for Macmillan by the dedicated team at Ipswich Hospital’s dermatology department have been stolen.
“Such a theft is a very rare and upsetting occurrence.”
The incident is being investigated by both the police and Ipswich Hospital’s own security teams in an effort to catch the culprit.
Inspector Jane Coe of Suffolk Police said: “This is a really despicable crime as employees at the hospital have worked hard to raise this money for an excellent charitable cause.
“We will be investigating this crime thoroughly and encourage anyone with information to call police on 101.”
A spokesperson for Ipswich Hospital said everything was being done to retrieve the box and the money.
“Our security team are investigating this incident and putting significant effort in to try and identify the culprit.”
The money was raised from a Macmillan Coffee Morning event put on by the staff of Dermatology.
“It’s very sad that the money will now not reach this worthwhile charity.”