Fundraiser to replace stolen presents for sick children raises over £20,000

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Fundraiser to replace stolen presents for sick children raises over £20,000

A fundraising drive to replace presents for sick children stolen from a hospital storeroom has smashed its target by more than 600%.

With giftaid included, they raised more than £22,000.

Staff had to start the campaign after thieves stole more than 100 toys meant for poorly children in the St Mary’s Hospital’s intensive care unit in London’s Paddington area.

They were due to be handed out at a special party for kids who have to spend the season in hospital, and were worth more than £3,000 in total.

But someone walked off with the lot, as well as a Santa suit and decorations.

Unwrapped gifts that have been stolen. Heartless thieves have stolen Christmas from critically ill children after swiping more than £3,000 worth from a top London hospital, it was revealed today. See National story NNTHIEVES; Everything needed for this year

Thieves stole gifts worth more than £3,000 (Picture: SWNS)

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Victoria Rees, head of fundraising and communications at Cosmic, said: ‘The staff here were absolutely heartbroken.

‘Everything was taken, toys, gifts for the party, Lego, games, arts and crafts, books, teddies – everything went.’

The fundraiser

Every year COSMIC runs a Carols by Candlelight Concert and Christmas party for the children and families that have been through so much. Sadly, this year we have had our equipment and toys for these events stolen. Even Santa’s suit went missing. 

With our storage area now out of commission, COSMIC Charity is appealing to any Christmas Elves out there to help the charity replenish by making a donation.

Below are some ideas of how you can help:

£10 buys a present for a child who has been through an incredibly difficult time 

£5 buys a Christmas decoration

£3 buys a candle that families can light to remember or reflect on the last year

Any money raised over the target amount will be used to create an even bigger and better experience for children over Christmas and to continue to support children and families of critically ill children.

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Detective sergeant Tom Hirst from Westminster CID, said: ‘This is an awful crime at this time of year and heard to imagine what kind of person would steal gifts so clearly destined for sick children to make their lives a little brighter this festive season.

‘We are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to please contact us as soon as possible.’

Anyone with information can call police on 101. To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

Visit the fundraising page here.