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How a charity has benefitted from a purse theft
Thursday 10th August 2017 @ 15:58 by Adam Higgins
Community Glossop Chronicle News

A crowdfunding page, set up to help an elderly lady who had her purse stolen while shopping in Glossop, has raised £150 for charity.

Glossop resident Alison Fletcher set up a JustGiving page after hearing about the theft from an 87-year-old woman at the Co-op store on Norfolk Street in April this year.

The appeal was shared on the town’s social media pages but, instead of accepting the funds, the lady asked for the money to be donated to The Children’s Society, and it was handed over last week.

PC Julian Gallagher, of the Glossop Town Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, helped arrange the presentation of the cheque.

He said: “It is really fantastic to see the local community coming together to help someone who had sadly become a victim of crime. It was also very gracious of the victim to ask for the money to be donated to charity.

“It is good to know that something positive will come out of this situation, and absolute credit to the kindness of all those involved.”

Glossop Children’s Society Committee started in 1959, and three of the original members are still active today.

It is a small, friendly group of people whose sole purpose is to raise much needed funds to help them provide quality care for as many disadvantaged children, young people and families as possible.

They organise coffee mornings, concerts and events and collect donations for the cause.

John Howarth, Treasurer of Glossop Children’s Society Committee, said: “We have gratefully received the cheque on behalf of The Children’s Society.

“To help meet the challenges we face today The Children’s Society has devised new approaches to promoting justice for children and young people, starting with the earliest childhood years and ending when young people move into the world of work and start to be independent.

“In an ever changing world the future holds still greater challenges. As ever The Children’s Society and its supporters will go on striving to help meet those challenges with local communities like ours being a part of that process.”

Although the purse was found and recovered by police, cash had been taken. No-one has yet been found to be responsible for the theft.

If you have any information which could help officers in their enquiries, contact PC Andrew Prince on 101, quoting reference 17000152900.

You can also send him a message online through the Contact Us page of the police website by clicking here, or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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Support: Staff from the Co-op store in Glossop, alongside PC Julian Gallagher, John Howarth (Treasurer of Glossop Children’s Society Committee) and Glossop resident Alison Fletcher, who set up the Just Giving appeal page