Charity box stolen from Hatfield shop

PUBLISHED: 13:54 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:54 01 May 2018

One of the collection boxes Darren organises for the National Autistic Society. Picture: Darren Helman

One of the collection boxes Darren organises for the National Autistic Society. Picture: Darren Helman

Darren Helman

A charity collection box has been stolen from the counter of a Hatfield shop.

Hatfield resident Darren Helman organises ten charity collection boxes in the area for the National Autistic Society, and visits to collect each every few weeks.

He was dismayed when he returned to Simply Fresh at Hatfield train station and was told that the box had been stolen.

The thief managed to reach the metal wire holding it in place and cut it.

Darren has notified the police, who will have access to the shop’s security footage.

He said that collection boxes generally have anything between £15-30 inside, which is now money that would not go towards the National Autistic Society.

Darren has been collecting for the society for the last four years. He has been motivated to do this because he believes “we need to teach adults and children that it’s ok to be different. We should embrace the fact that people are different.”

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