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Anger as ‘lucky’ thief steals cash from Nottingham charity office

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A charity boss was left devastated after money raised in good faith was stolen from the organisation’s office. Rhiana Lakin, the assistant manager for Headway Nottingham, has told of her frustration after the incident on Friday, June 10.

She said around £70 was stolen from the offices in Forest Road West, which would have gone to help people with brain injuries. Mrs Lakin said: “Firstly, I would say that we under no circumstances usually have money sort of left out on attended in the office. It just happened to be that on this occasion, we were getting ready for a fundraising event that we attended, and we needed a float.”

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Speaking of the incident, she added: “We had a 70 pound float on the side in the office, all ready to go in and the collection boxes. It is really upsetting, to be honest, because of course, money is so hard to come by at the moment – it is so difficult.”

She went on to say that Headway Nottingham, which was officially opened by Prince Harry, is the only long-term support and rehab service for people who have complex disabilities as a result of a brain jury. This includes people who suffered an injury through a car accident, assaults, heart attacks, and people who have been discharged from hospitals and need support.

The charity provides support to these people to integrate in the community. Some of the services include re-learning communication, and simple tasks such as making a cup of tea.

Mrs Lakin added: “We are like everybody else. We have to work incredibly hard to secure our funds and a lot of the money that we work with is donated by people who want to support our clients, who want to support our work. It’s upsetting on many levels, and to be honest, in terms of what it means.

“70 pounds is kind of the equivalent cost of running one of our rehabilitation workshops. Every penny is spent incredibly carefully in our organisation.

“So we can quantify the effects of that money going missing and that is kind of the equivalent value of the cost of our rehabilitation workshops.”

The charity has been operating and supporting the community for more than 20 years. Mrs Lakin added: “It wasn’t unattended. That’s why it’s so frustrating.

“It must be the one occasion in the whole of my seven years that I have been working at that charity that we have ever had money left out on the side and it was purely because it was amongst all of the collection tins and the leaflets that we were taking to the fundraising events that we attended yesterday – [the thief] really struck lucky.”

A Nottinghamshire Police spokesperson said: “We received a report of a theft from Headway Nottingham after £70 cash was taken from its premises in Forest Road West, Arboretum, at approximately 2pm on Friday 10 June 2022. Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting log reference 22000335573. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with details.”

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