Mystery Hatfield hero replaces stolen charity cash

PUBLISHED: 13:31 02 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:31 02 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 selfless donor from Hatfield has stepped in to replace the charity money stolen from a railway station shop.

Charity fundraiser Darren Helman was saddened yesterday when he found that one of the 10 charity boxes he organises for the National Autism Society had been stolen from Simply Fresh.

After reading about the theft in the Welwyn Hatfield Times, a woman contacted the paper offering to replace the cash.

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Darren estimates that the box would have contained between £15 and £30, so a donation of £30 has been made.

“It’s amazing,” he said when he heard the news.

“For someone else to step up and replace the money, it’s really positive.

“That’s made my day, that has.”

The woman, who lives in Hatfield and wishes to remain anonymous, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “It just think it’s disgusting, to steal a charity box is the lowest of the low.

“To me, it ranks right up there with abuse.

“These charities are what provide support to all sorts of people.

“Fortunately I’m in a position to make a donation, but the thief is still out there.”

The Welwyn Hatfield Times put the two people in contact so the donation could be made.

Darren added that he also wanted to make an apology on behalf of the thief to all the people who put money into the pot at Hatfield Station.

“When people put the money in, they expect it to go to the National Autistic Society.

“There has to be the confidence that it’s going to end up with the charity it’s going to.”

The woman added: “I try to help give a little bit more faith in humanity.”

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