Anger at theft of army heroes charity cash pot

Before the theft: Anne Cerchione (left) and Debbie Lambert (right) with Rachel Coffey from LEGS with the raffle prizes
Before the theft: Anne Cerchione (left) and Debbie Lambert (right) with Rachel Coffey from LEGS with the raffle prizes

Cash donated to two mums’ fundraising for army heroes in honour of their sons has been stolen.

Thieves broke into LEGS gym in Sowerby Bridge and took £58 donated in raffle and sponsorship money for Help for Heroes.

Debbie Lambert, one of the organisers of the fund raising, said she was furious when she found out.

“I was so angry,” she said.

“I must have been obvious that it was raffle money because there were huge signs up asking people to take part in a raffle for Help for Heroes.”

The thieves also took £250 of the gym’s cash.

As reported in the Courier’s All Woman, Debbie and friend Anne Cerchione - whose sons are both in the Army - are taking part in an Army Mums v Ben Nevis Challenge in May.

The sponsorship money they raise together with proceeds from a raffle and pamper day at the gym will go to the service men and women’s charity.

Debbie said several generous people who have heard about the theft have paid their ticket money again.

The raffle will be drawn at the pamper day at the gym which will include stalls, beauty sessions, tea and cakes. The day is open to members and non-members.

The Ben Nevis challenge will see them following a route up and down the mountain.

The two women are in training by going walking or to the gym.

Anne’s son James, 20, is on his first tour of Afghanistan with the 1 Logistic Support Regiment. Debbie’s son Jonny, 27, was a reserve with the 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment before signing up and is now in training.

To sponsor the mums visit www.bmycharity.com/halifaxarmymums.

Anyone with information about the break-in at around 6.30am last Thursday should call police via 101.