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Mean thief steals baskets of veg from Bury charity stall

Two baskets like this full of produce were stolen from Simon Harding's charity stall
Two baskets like this full of produce were stolen from Simon Harding's charity stall

A couple who run a charity stall have appealed to the thief who stole two baskets full of produce to at least return the wicker baskets.

Over about 15 years, Simon Harding and Valerie Legg have raised £100,000, as Church Walk Charities, which has been donated to good causes around Bury St Edmunds.

As well as attending boot fairs, they have a regular vegetable and flower stall outside their home in Church Walk.

Simon said: “We don’t get a lot of stuff pinched – we’ve had the odd jar or two of honey go – but this time someone took the two baskets with all the vegetables in them.

“My attitude is that if you’re desperate and want some vegetables, knock and we’ll give you some, but don’t take the baskets – you can’t eat them. We’d like them back because they are expensive.

“They are stealing from charity because if they steal there is less money to give to the Samaritans.”

The couple pledge to give £2,500 to each charity. Once the target is met, they then choose another charity. The next good cause to benefit will be Suffolk’s First Responders.

The baskets are 15in by 10in with a hoop handle.


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