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Burglar steals charity money in Gower house raid

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: July 08, 2013

By jason evans

Gutted   2013 Raleigh International fundraiser Awi Frances whose home was broken into at Pennard and £450 she had raised for the charity was stolen.    SWSP20130707A-001_C

Gutted 2013 Raleigh International fundraiser Awi Frances whose home was broken into at Pennard and £450 she had raised for the charity was stolen. SWSP20130707A-001_C

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A CHARITY worker who had her house burgled said it felt like the thieves stole from everyone who gave her donations.

Awi Frances had raised £450 with a car boot sale, disco and sponsored 30-mile trek around Gower.

But the day before she was due to bank the cash a burglar broke into her Pennard house and stole it, along with her digital camera — and two torches.

The money was destined for a Raleigh International project in Central America which will see volunteers from Britain and around the world working to provide schools with running water in poor communities in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Ms Frances, 59, said: "I was gutted when I discovered what had happened — now I am angry because it was money that people had donated.

"People have been so generous in donating money, and it feels like the thief has stolen from everyone who gave money, and stolen from the people we are trying to help on the project."

South Wales Police said the uncharitable break-in happened between 9pm on July 1 and 3pm on July 3, after the front door of the Southgate Road property was forced.

The neighbouring property was also burgled — between 8am on July 2 and 6.30pm on July 3 — with perfume and make-up being stolen, and detectives are treating the incidents as linked.

A spokesman said: "We are appealing for anybody who was in the area at the time and who saw any suspicious behaviour, or anybody with information about either of these incidents, to come forward."

To make a donation email a.frances@forestschoolsnpt.org.uk

Can you help? Call South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

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