POLICE are appealing for help in tracing the thief responsible for stealing a collection box from a Cardenden youth club.
Members of the club, which meets in the Bowhill Centre, had been raising money for Mary’s Meals and had left the box at the premises in the hope that people would give donations.
It’s thought the members had collected around £14 in loose change when the funds were taken last Tuesday.
Lorraine Mullen, community worker, who runs the club for nine to 16-year-olds, said the young people had been doing a lot to raise money for the children in Malawi and the theft has really upset them.
A spokesman for Mary’s Meals added: “We are saddened to hear about the theft of the charity box for Mary’s Meals. It costs £14 to feed two children for a whole school year in Malawi so any donation can make a big difference.”
Meanwhile, local councillor Mark Hood called on the thief to do the right thing and return the cash to the club.
He said: “I would ask the individual who has taken this money to return it. It wasn’t a great deal that was taken but it makes a big difference to the kids in Africa who would benefit from the money.
“It’s not to late for this person to do the right thing and hand the money back - it would be the honourable thing to do.
“Cardenden may not be a well-off area, but we give a lot to charity and this is something the community prides itself in.
He added: “It is difficult times financially for many people and this person will have been tempted but I would like to think they now regret taking that money.”
Police are keen to trace the man responsible for the theft.
He is described as 5ft 4in, of slim build and wearing jeans and a silver or dirty grey top with a hood. He was seen around the centre the same time the box is believed to have gone missing.
PC Fiona Ramsay said: “This is a despicable crime and we are keen to receive any information which may help us trace the person responsible.”
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