Thieves steal rotary club’s generator

PUBLISHED: 18:54 23 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:26 29 December 2017

The Potters Bar Rotary Club's Christmas sleigh. Picture: Supplied.

The Potters Bar Rotary Club's Christmas sleigh. Picture: Supplied.


Heartless thieves stole a £1,100 generator off a Rotary Club Christmas sleigh while members were fundraising outside a supermarket yesterday morning.

Tesco in Mutton Lane, Potters Bar. Picture: Danny LooTesco in Mutton Lane, Potters Bar. Picture: Danny Loo

Potters Bar Rotary club members have been fundraising with the sleigh for 20 years and every year they raise between £5,000 to £7,000 for various worthy causes.

They usually do nine nights collecting in residential areas and spend four mornings collecting outside Tesco in Mutton Lane, Potters Bar.

Sadly, the generator for the sleigh was stolen at about 11.45am on Friday.

Rotarian John Godfrey, who organises the sleigh outings each year, told this paper: “It’s absolutely sick.

“While the collectors were in the doorway, someone has come along and undone the straps from the generator and stolen it.

“We have been collecting with the sleigh for 20 years and this is just a joke.

“I just can’t believe it.

“It’s clear that it’s a charity.

“The money we raise goes to various people, including children’s hospices, the air ambulance and some international causes.

“We also help out a lot of people locally.

“It just the principle of it - someone has nicked it while we were collecting.”

Mr Godfrey has urged anyone with information about the theft or any witnesses who may have noticed someone undoing the straps to contact police on 101.

The stolen generator is made by Honda and was a silent type.

•If you would like to support the rotary club or would like to join the group, contact Kathie Crowe at

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