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Thieves steal charity raffle prizes

Some of the raffle prizes
Some of the raffle prizes

Thieves who stole two cuddly toys destined to be raffled off in aid of Stratford Foodbank, have been condemned.

The rabbit toys, which were donated to the raffle, were stolen from Stratford’s Everyman Cinema over the weekend, while chocolates which were also meant as a prize, were eaten.

There are still a number of prizes, including a large Peter Rabbit toy, which will still be raffled on 26 March.

Marion Homer, foodbank manager, said: “This is very sad news, and not all typical of the generosity the foodbank usually experiences.

“Fundraising initiatives like this are very important to us as they help cover essential overheads such as power, water, shelving, transportation etc. I am so grateful to our volunteer Phil Coldicott and the Everyman Cinema for all that they have done in setting up this raffle and I hope that people will continue to buy tickets for the remaining prizes.”

A Facebook post from the cinema read: “Poor Peter Rabbit is sad today as unfortunately we have had some guests in this weekend that believe that they are more important than raising money for charity.

“A family decided to steal the 2 smaller rabbits that were generously donated by the local Peter Rabbit shop in Henley Street.

“This is a small majority though and most of you guys have been great and brought raffle tickets for the amazing foodbank charity. So thank you. The draw will still take place on 26th. Tickets are still on sale.”

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