Local hospice ‘shocked and appalled’ after Newry charity robbery
The Southern Area Hospice Services has told Newry Times that they were ‘shocked and appalled’ after a robbery took place last Friday where money destined for the local Hospice was stolen.
The local community reacted in fury after it was revealed that money from the John Dalzell Christmas Sit-Out was taken by callous thieves just days before Christmas after the thieves followed a volunteer’s car from Newry to Camlough.
John Dalzell’s Annual Sit Out is widely seen as personifying all that is good in Newry and has raised an incredible £1m to date.
It is a challenge which sees John enduring the wet and windy weather of the Christmas season for 10 days in a bid to raise vital funds for The Hospice. Amazngly, this is the 22nd year he has braved the elements to help the local charity.
A Spokesperson for the local Hospice stated, “We are shocked and appalled at the incident which took place on Friday night involving one of John Dalzell’s sit-out collection team.
“John’s annual Christmas sit-out in Newry is a vital part of Southern Area Hospice’s fundraising calendar and we are truly indebted to John and his team for the work they do.
“It is beyond comprehension that people would intentionally take money which was clearly being collected for charity.
The Spokesperson added, “We wish the volunteer well as he recovers from his ordeal and we would appeal to anyone who has any information to please come forward to the PSNI or anonymously to Crimestoppers.”
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