1. ITV Report

Money for terminally ill children stolen from Bristol shopping centre

Jessie May nurse Sam, pictured with the stolen money spinner Photo: Credit: Jessie May

Thieves have stolen hundreds of pounds in children’s charity donations from a shopping centre in Bristol.

A money spinner belonging to children’s charity Jessie May, which was on display in Clifton Down Shopping Centre, was stolen on Thursday, January 9.

The spinner - which was estimated to have contained hundreds of pounds - was installed in the shopping centre in July last year and had been secured to a wall by a metal chain.

It was used to raise vital funds for the charity, whose nurses provide at-home support to families caring for terminally ill children.

Julian Withers, head of fundraising and communications at Jessie May, said: “Unfortunately, the Jessie May money spinner in Clifton Down Shopping Centre was broken into yesterday morning. All the donations inside have been stolen.

We are devastated that the money generously donated by visitors to the shopping centre has been deprived of our charity, and ultimately the families caring for a terminally ill child, who need our nurses’ support.

– Julian Withers, head of fundraising and communications at Jessie May

“Sadly, it is not known exactly how much money has been stolen from the money spinner, but we can estimate this could be several hundreds of pounds, which is now lost.”

Jessie May say CCTV of the theft is now being looked at by police, who are investigating the matter.

Anyone with any information regarding the theft is asked to call police on 101, quoting crime reference number 5219005543.

Julian added: “We would like to thank the police and Clifton Down Shopping Centre for all their support, and all the general public who help our nurses help local families.”