Thieves steal hanging baskets from charity

Gemma Chopping received her Christmas Hamper from the Gatehouse Appeal running in the Bury Free Press''Pictured from the left: Gemma Chopping, her Mum Sherry Kent and Amanda Bloomfield
Gemma Chopping received her Christmas Hamper from the Gatehouse Appeal running in the Bury Free Press''Pictured from the left: Gemma Chopping, her Mum Sherry Kent and Amanda Bloomfield
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THE boss of a charity which supports families in need throughout West Suffolk has hit out at thieves who made off with hanging baskets at the weekend.

Gatehouse, Caring in West Suffolk, helps families and individual with a range of services.

Last year, young people from Catch 22, as part of their citizenship programme, bought two hanging baskets and planted them up to brighten up the charity’s base in Dettingen Way, Bury St Edmunds.

Clients who are helped by Gatehouse had just replanted the baskets for the summer but the two displays went missing between Friday evening and Monday morning.

Amanda Bloomfield, Gatehouse chief executive, said: “It’s really upsetting, particularly for our clients who had done the work.

“I am disappointed this has happened to our charity. The baskets were there to make the environment look nice and then this happens and your efforts are wasted.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.