Community's 'overwhelming' response after Glaston-Bury raffle prizes stolen (From Prestwich and Whitefield Guide)
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Community's 'overwhelming' response after Glaston-Bury raffle prizes stolen
10:20am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
LEADERS of a charity music festival in Bury town centre were left “overwhelmed” by a remarkable response from the public after criminals stole raffle prizes worth thousands of pounds.
Organisers of Glaston-Bury were inundated with offers of replacement gifts and money to support the event in aid of Bury Hospice.
Thieves stole the prizes, worth around £4,000, from a Citroen Dispatch van, parked in Hulbert Street, Elton, during Friday night. The haul included a women’s DNKY watch, a projector and free football tickets for Bury FC.
Also taken were around 1,000 lanyards, containing detailed information about the festival’s timings and running order, which were to have been sold to Glaston-Bury goers.
Co-organiser Rik Brundrit, who discovered the theft, said: “When I opened the van on Saturday I was nearly sick when I saw the stuff had gone. Everybody knows somebody who has been in Bury Hospice. It is just not fair. People have been disgusted about what has happened.”
He said it will have been obvious to the criminals that the items were for the hospice as many of the gifts were wrapped in hospice colours and items in the van were labelled Glaston-Bury.
But after the news of the theft spread on Facebook, the public responded in their droves. Gifts poured into Bury Hospice and The Met prior to Monday’s festival. And offers of cash were received from as far away as Hong Kong.
Glaston-Bury main organiser Chris Buckley said: “We’ve been astounded and overwhelmed by the response. We ended up getting more raffle prizes than we could have wished for — around three times the number we originally had.”
Some of the more expensive prizes have been retained and will be auctioned off at a subsequent Glaston-Bury gig. Chris also thanked those who had gone online to pledge cash donations.
Additionally, he paid tribute to fellow helpers and Bury Hospice community fundraiser Michelle King who worked tirelessly last Sunday to reproduce detailed festival timings and running orders for replacement lanyards.
Lauren Hutchinson, who is involved in press and publicity for Glaston-Bury, had gone on Facebook at the weekend to break the news of the thefts and to appeal for replacement prizes.
“I said we’d love to be able to get donations, no matter how small. I didn’t think for one second we’d generate such an amazing response.
“We went to Bury Hospice on Sunday to collect things which people had brought there all day. To think so much kindness has come from such a horrible act is overwhelming. We can’t thank everyone enough,” she said Meanwhile, an online Glaston-Bury money giving page — http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/GlastonBuryFestival — is proving popular and will remain on the internet for the next couple of months.
Michelle King, speaking on behalf of the hospice, publicly thanked all those who responded to the appeal for donations following the theft of the raffle prizes. “We had a lot of deliveries to the hospice on the Sunday and it was just unbelievable. We were bowled over.
“We received far more gifts than we’d actually lost. It just shows how well regarded Bury Hospice is. And it seems that Glaston-Bury is becoming an institution within the town.”
- Police are continuing to investigate the theft from the van. Anyone with information about the crime can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
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