Children’s charity money stolen during heartbreaking Welwyn Garden City burglary

PUBLISHED: 12:50 26 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:50 26 July 2018

Richard Rust with his son Thomas, aged 13.

Richard Rust with his son Thomas, aged 13.


Callous burglars broke into a Welwyn Garden City flat and stole hundreds of pounds that had been raised for a children’s charity.

Between 6am and 12.30pm on Sunday, July 22, the crooks gained entry to a property in Ludwick Green and took a small box containing £500.

The money had been raised by Richard Rust, along with friends and family members for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

The break-in was made even more gut-wrenching as his late mother was among the fundraisers.

Richard said: “It’s upsetting as I lost my mum five weeks ago so I’m still grieving.

“It feels as if somebody has pulled my heart out. They haven’t stolen from me, they have stolen from people who help sick children.”

PC Glenn Cook said: “I’m appealing for anyone who was in the area between the times stated and believes they may have seen anything suspicious, no matter how small, to get in touch.

“Any information could help us to identify those responsible.”

Richard is soon embarking on a month-long charity tour with his 13-year-old son Thomas and friends under the banner of ‘The Dancing Fishermen/Fishing For Cancer’.

It will involve the pair fishing in as many lakes as possible across the UK while promoting the work of CLIC Sargent and raising funds.

Anyone with information that could assist the police investigation is asked to contact PC Cook by emailing, calling the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/20127/18 or reporting information online at

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