Fund-raising efforts in memory of nursery nurse Lisa Freeman have been hindered after heartless thieves stole a charity bottle.
The bottle for the Cardiomyopathy Association Charity was on the bar at the Old Pond pub in Spout House Lane, Hove Edge. It is believed the thieves launched a boulder through the window of the pub, crawled through into the bar area and made off with the charity bottle.
It is estimated that more than £100 would have been in the bottle, where customers threw their loose change throughout the year.
The police were called at 9.50am last Thursday but it is thought the incident happened in the early hours.
Andy Dawson who helps to organise the annual football match said the charity bottle was the only thing taken during the break in. “Due to this heartless criminal act we do need people to support us more than ever. Last year we raised more than £600 so this was a sixth of our amount.”
The match at Lane Head Recreation Ground will be held on Sunday, May 5, with kick off at 10.30am.
The event is to raise money in memory of Lisa a mum of two who died in October 2005 from the heart condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. She worked at St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Brighouse.
CMA is the only UK based charity dedicated to providing support and information to families affected by cardiomyopathy. All donations go to providing free services which include cardiomyopathy support nurses, information booklets and local support groups.
The charity also provides education for doctors and nurses and funding regional cardiomyopathy clinics. There is no government funding and the annual costs are £480,000.
The day will begin with the charity football match when the current Old Pond team will play the Old Pond Legends, a side made up of retired players and special guests from the Hove Edge area.
Any players wanting to play should turn up at Lane Head at 10am, or if any further information is required contact Andy on 07769188884 or visit the club’s website www.pitchero.com/clubs/oldpondafc
“A good gathering on the touchline would also be appreciated to help the raffle get off to a good start and to support the lads, especially the older ones, on the pitch. We have had a good response from former players who are available on the day so it should be a good turnout,” said Andy.
Anyone with any information about the break in should call police on 101.