Every Little Helps! Supermarket staff replace stolen cash

Kind-hearted Tesco staff showed '˜Every Little Helps' after rallying round to replace cash stolen from a children's charity concert.

Wednesday, 20th July 2016, 11:17 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:26 pm
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Generous workers from the Warwick supermarket all chipped in to make up more than £200 stolen from a Rotary fundraising pot after hearing of the theft.

Charity volunteers were left shocked after a thief ran into St Mary’s church before the Rotary Midsummer Schools Concert last month and made off with proceeds from ticket sales - funds that would have gone to help fund instruments and music tuition in town schools.

But Rotarians have now thanked “amazing kindness” after the unexpected donation of £316 from the compassionate supermarket staff.

A spokesperson said: “We are delighted that Tesco Warwick have collected £316 to replace stolen money, it will all go to school music.

“When Sarah Wrist the community champion at Tesco heard about the theft she asked her colleagues if they could all give one pound to help make up the lost money.”

Outgoing Rotary president, Jon Wassall said he was “touched” to know the children’s fund will no longer be affected - and that staff were able to raise even more than was stolen.

Police are understood to still be investigating after a thief stole a cash box containing £200 from ticket sales just an hour before the Rotary Club’s annual schools concert began on June 21.

He made a dash for the money as club members were setting up in the church around 5,30pm.

The thief was then pursued on foot by an eager volunteer who chased him through the town centre before discovering the discarded and empty cash box on the floor.

Jackie Crampton from the charity club which raises around £2,000 each year to put into schools, said it was stealing from the children and that the whole incident “had left a bad taste”.

The annual Midsummer Concert is supported by the County Music Service and raises around £1,600 to pay for music tuition and instruments in schools.

Money has previously paid for tuition, a keyboard for Ridgeway School and instruments for Newburgh pupils.