IAN HART: Funeral thief – please do the right thing

Ian Hart
Ian Hart

It’s a times like this that my thoughts turn to my late Mum, and the fact that throughout her life she always strived to find the good in everybody.

I recall in the mid-1980s, some Scousers selling dusters knocking on our door.

Needless to say, Mum fell for their patter and bought enough dusters for the next 20 years.

But I didn’t have the heart to tell her later that night I saw the same lads drinking, smoking and feeding the fruit machine at the George pub.

Unfortunately, on this occasion, even my dear old Mum would struggle.

Last Friday, one of the families my team and I looked after gave their wife/mum a wonderful service.

While obviously a deeply upsetting time, it was very much a celebration of her life and one of the reasons why, after nearly 30 years, I still gain tremendous job satisfaction from helping people out at a very difficult time.

After the service the family went back to the Broadwater Club to continue the celebration of her life.

Around the reception were collection boxes for their chosen charity, the Worthing Hospital League of Friends.

Unbelievably, someone chose to steal one of these boxes.

I’m no Colombo, but with public access to the venue it was probably an opportunist thief – hopefully one who can read.

There is CCTV footage, so at some point an image may be made available for analysis.

But by way of some form of redemption, the thief still has the chance to return the money stolen, either by putting it in a sealed envelope through my letterbox at 92-94 Broadwater Street West, Worthing, or send it direct to the League of Friends at the Hospital with a brief, no doubt anonymous, covering note.

Ultimately, whoever did this has hurt good, honest people at an horrendous time in their lives.

If they are by chance reading this, please do the decent thing.

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