Thief steals expensive jacket from children’s charity shop

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A child suffering from cancer will miss a special treat, outing or Christmas gift thanks to the cruel actions of a heartless thief.

Journalist, writer and Fairwarp resident Diana Dryden rang the Express to describe the tale she was told when she called into Uckfield’s Chestnut Tree shop to volunteer.

She said: “One of the shop volunteers had donated a man’s lovely leather flying jacket which the shop had priced at £65. A man went into the shop, took the jacket into a changing room, waited until staff were occupied with a customer, then walked out with it without paying.”

Shop manager Angie Davis from Newhaven said, “What was so sad is that the £65 would have gone a long way to help a child. The youngsters in the hospice have life-limiting conditions and Chestnut Tree needs all the financial help it can get, as money from the Government does not cover its costs. This would have done something special for one of the patients.”

Angie said the jacket was excellent quality and had been donated by a volunteer. She added: “The counter assistant was busy and had taken her eyes off the shop for seconds. That’s when the jacket was taken.”

She said it was an unusual incident as charity shop thefts tended to be done by groups where one or two distract staff while another picks up goods and puts them into pockets or bags.

She went on: “I hope whoever did this realises what he’s done, feels terrible and I suggest that perhaps he might like to bring the jacket back?”

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