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Retailer brands thief ‘low life’
28th June 2017

By Sandra Pearce

An aquatics retailer has branded a thief who stole £150 intended for a cancer charity as ‘disgusting low life’.

Mum-of-two Laura Flaherty introduced a Macmillan Cancer Support charity box at Amazon Aquatics in Manchester where she works.

She was diagnosed with cervical cancer last year, but given the all-clear after undergoing a total hysterectomy. The 30-year-old was planning to give the money to the charity as a thank-you for all the help and support it has given her.

But the £150 plus £200 from the till at the shop in Leigh was stolen in early May. The shop's CCTV shows a man breaking in using a crowbar, reports the Leigh Journal.

Laura said: “I was first on the scene and of course I was angry straight away, but when I realised the charity box money had been taken I was heartbroken.

“The man responsible for this is a disgusting low-life.

"The charity does so much for people with cancer and their families, which is something I have experienced first-hand. The thief or a member of his family may need the charity's help one day. I hope it plays on his conscience."

Laura, who has two children – Alex, six, and Violet, two – with her partner Ryan, had her hysterectomy last July after being diagnosed with cervical cancer. Doctors gave her the all-clear in August.

Laura said: “It has been such a hard year but raising money for Macmillan felt like I was giving something back. Now that has been taken away.

“My Macmillan nurse was my 'go to' person for any questions or worries I had. She was the person I spoke to about coming to terms with a hysterectomy at such a young age and even visited me while I was recovering in hospital.”

Laura is a volunteer at Jo's Trust and is training to be an outreach co-ordinator for the cervical cancer charity. She has set up a JustGiving page to try to replace the stolen money – http://bit.ly/2pBhNhE.