Thievery hit an all new low last Tuesday, November 22, when staff at St. Mary’s Hospital, in London, discovered that three thousand pounds worth of Christmas presents, along with a Santa suit and some decorations, had been stolen from the facility. The gifts were intended for critically ill children who were too sick to be at their homes over the holidays. The presents were stored in an unused ward in preparation for the hospital’s annual Christmas event and candlelight concert.
The London Evening Standard reports that a total of 150 gifts were pilfered from the medical facility, and since then a crowdfunding appeal has been made by the Children of St. Mary’s Intensive Care Unit to the public, in order to help replace the presents in order for the sick children to still have an enjoyable Christmas. Anyone with any information regarding the theft is being urged to call 101, which is the direct police line, or CrimeStoppers. Law enforcement officials assure that the identity of all those who call will remain anonymous.
A statement was given by lead specialist Tina Halton, who expressed her upset over the stolen presents, and her heartbreak over possibly having to tell the children that they would not see Santa this year. All of the items that were taken, she says, were donated by the public and therefore are very hard to replace at the last-minute without residents of London coming together to make Christmas possible once more for the sick children.
Although there are no suspects at this time, ITV reports that officers with the Metropolitan Police are looking for anybody who may have been involved in the London hospital theft, whether they were truly associated or merely witnessed the incident. Tom Hirst, the acting Detective Sergeant, did not shy away from revealing his disgust towards those who had stolen the presents, raising the question as to what kind of person would take Christmas gifts away from sick children who were unable to even be in their own residence over the holidays, due to how ill they had become.
The children treated at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital suffer from various ailments; however, the focus is on youth who have contracted meningitis, sepsis, or those who have experienced heavy trauma from an accident. The initial crowdfunding goal was three thousand pounds, which has already been exceeded. The current amount sits at nearly 16,000 pounds. If you would like to donate, please visit this crowdfunding link.
By Lorelai Zelmerlow