A thief stole £200 from a group of Girl Guides who had been bag-packing at Morrison’s supermarket to raise money for Northampton General Hospital’s children’s ward.
The group of 10 Guides completed a sponsored bag-pack at the supermarket in Kettering Road, Northampton, on Saturday, March 15. After packing people’s shopping for more than five hours, the girls had collected a couple of hundred pounds for the hospital.
But when their collection was left unattended for just a few seconds, a thief took it.
Margaret Hillyer, leader of the 39th Northampton Guides based in Duston, said: “I popped over to see how the girls were doing and left the money in a bag by one of the tills.
“I was only gone for a few seconds and when I saw it had gone I couldn’t believe it,” she added.
“I could have kicked myself for leaving it unattended, but we’ve been bag packing in Northampton now for about 10 years and nothing like this has ever happened before.”
The girls were all dressed as Disney characters for the charity event and despite the disappointment of the theft, they carried on packing bags for the rest of the afternoon. Mrs Hillyer said they carried on until 4pm and raised another £488, which will be donated to Disney Ward.
The orange bag that the money was in was stolen at some point between 3pm and 3.15pm. It was found dumped shortly afterwards in the supermarket car park.
Officers from Northamptonshire Police are now investigating the theft and have appealed for anyone who saw what happened in the shop to come forward.
Police investigator, Karen Cooke, said: “This was an appalling theft from a group of young girls who had worked really hard to raise this money for a very worthwhile cause.
“I would urge anybody who was in the store at the time this money was stolen and who may have seen anybody suspicious hanging around the tills to contact us as soon as possible.”
Witnesses to this theft or anyone with any information about it can call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.