Kind donations flood in after charity theft

Shoreham Art Gallery Raffle. The Shoreham Art Gallery are holding a new raffle on Saturday, following having their tombola funds stolen following a break in. They have now  four VIP tickets for the Shoreham Wildlife Concert. Pictured are cooperative members, L-R Wendy Standen, Jose Heasman (Chairman) and Helen Lucas.'Shoreham by Sea, Sussex.''Picture: Liz Pearce 070415'LP1500979 SUS-150804-085312008

Shoreham Art Gallery Raffle. The Shoreham Art Gallery are holding a new raffle on Saturday, following having their tombola funds stolen following a break in. They have now four VIP tickets for the Shoreham Wildlife Concert. Pictured are cooperative members, L-R Wendy Standen, Jose Heasman (Chairman) and Helen Lucas.'Shoreham by Sea, Sussex.''Picture: Liz Pearce 070415'LP1500979 SUS-150804-085312008

  • Charity funds were stolen from the gallery during a break-in
  • The public have come forward with generous donations
  • Raffle to be held for Wild Life festival tickets and other great prizes
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A WOMAN said her ‘faith has been restored’ as kind donations from residents have flooded in following the shocking theft of children’s charity funds.

“I can’t believe it,” said Jose Heasman, director of Shoreham Art Gallery.

The people coming in have been so lovely, it’s been truly amazing

Jose Heasman

“The people coming in have been so lovely, it’s been truly amazing.”

On the morning of last Tuesday, artist Claire Harrison opened Shoreham Art Gallery, in Brunswick Road, to find that the back door had been destroyed, cupboards searched and all the funds from a tombola stolen.

The money raised was intended for Arundel based children’s charity Chestnut Tree House, to send a child with a life limiting illness on a three-day break and grant their parents or guardians some respite.

Since the Herald ran the story last week, Mrs Heasman said the gallery had been inundated with donations from the public who were touched by the team’s plight.

Mrs Heasman said: “People are coming up with prizes to put towards a raffle and they’re also buying tickets, but instead of just one for £1, they’re buying £5 worth!

“We’d also set up an online Just Giving page and we had raised £150 in one day. I’ve had to get more staff into the gallery to cope with it all.”

Some of the generous prizes donated include four VIP tickets to the Wild Life music festival at Shoreham Airport, two tickets to the Brighton Wheel experience and even a voucher from local hairdressers, Sparkles Hair and Nails.

“I thank them all from the bottom of my heart and all of us at Shoreham Art Gallery – it has restored our faith,” said Mrs Heasman.

A total of £50 had been stolen from the tombola last week, but since then the team have managed to raise more than £500.

This can be added to funds raised earlier this year, tipping their grand total over the £1,000 mark.

The gallery is holding a big raffle this Saturday, April 11, from 9am to 4pm, for the donated prizes which also includes a two-hour cleaning voucher from Bang Tidy Cleaners and a Kenzo ring.

To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/shorehamgallery