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No April Fool's Day joke as kids' charity hamper stolen from Wick supermarket


By David G Scott

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A hamper of children's gifts in aid of a mental health charity was stolen from Wick's Coop supermarket in an act that was described as "hard to believe".

Customer team member Kirsteen Mackenzie organises charity fundraising raffles for the shop and had put on a special Easter display in aid of the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH).

Wick Coop team member Kirsteen Mackenzie, who helped organise the raffle, stands at the position where the charity gifts were stolen. Pictures: DGS
Wick Coop team member Kirsteen Mackenzie, who helped organise the raffle, stands at the position where the charity gifts were stolen. Pictures: DGS

"We had two raffle prizes – one was a health and beauty hamper that was really pretty and the other was one I made up for the children," she said.

She went on to say that the children's hamper contained Easter eggs, pens, pencils, cakes and soapy bubbles, valued at around £20.

Kirsteen shows on her smartphone what the stolen hamper looked like while on display.
Kirsteen shows on her smartphone what the stolen hamper looked like while on display.

"We noticed it was gone on the Friday morning so we assume it was taken on the Thursday afternoon or evening [April 1]. We don't have a clue who took it and it wasn't caught on camera unfortunately."

Thanks to the generosity of fellow Wick Coop customer team member Neil MacDonald, who replaced the stolen hamper with new gifts, the raffle was able to proceed and raised £180 for SAMH.

Information inside the supermarket showing that the fundraiser continued despite the theft and raised £180 for the SAMH charity. The winners were announced on Tuesday last week.
Information inside the supermarket showing that the fundraiser continued despite the theft and raised £180 for the SAMH charity. The winners were announced on Tuesday last week.

"Thanks to Neil who personally donated an Easter egg and a fluffy rabbit toy, we were able to continue and give the prizes to the raffle winners on Tuesday [April 6]."

Kirsteen said that the fact the hamper was stolen was bad enough but she found it "hard to believe" that someone could steal from a charity.

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