Thief steals from young people with cancer in hospital days before Christmas

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Thief steals from young people with cancer in hospital days before Christmas

A man has been caught on camera stealing a donations tin from a hospital cancer centre just days before Christmas.

The money is used to help in the treatment of young cancer victims and the theft has been described as “sickening” by staff.

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has contacted Humberside Police after the donations tin was stolen from the entrance to the Queen’s Centre at Castle Hill Hospital on Saturday.

Members of the public used the tin to donate funds for the Teenage and Young Adults’ Unit after they bought books from a stall in the main foyer of the Queen’s Centre.

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Karen Fraser, team leader for the Oncology Health Centre and Patient Services, said: “It is awful that anyone could do such a thing at any time of the year, never mind at Christmas.

“We’ve alerted security and they’ll be passing on the CCTV footage to the police.”

Staff alerted senior managers today after realising the box was missing.

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Security staff trawled through hours of CCTV footage and spotted the man walking into the hospital on Saturday. Footage then shows him hiding the tin, which had been secured to a table, underneath his jacket.

Karen Fraser said: “Thankfully, the tin is emptied on a Friday so there wouldn’t have been as much in it.

“But we just don’t know how much has been taken because people who bought books on Saturday would have donated money.

“It’s just a sickening thing to happen.”

Anyone with information about the theft should contact Humberside Police by calling 101.

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