Heartbreak as school’s Christmas fair raffle prizes stolen

At Shepeau Stow Primary School after the theft of their Christmas raffle prizes: Headteacher Alison Buddle and Friends of the School committee chairman Karen Jackson with pupils Louis Ivatt, Sharni Jarvis, Amy Chamberlain, Sophie Bellamy, Max and Charlie Parkes, Sophie Jackson and Amber Fowler. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG211111-116NG

At Shepeau Stow Primary School after the theft of their Christmas raffle prizes: Headteacher Alison Buddle and Friends of the School committee chairman Karen Jackson with pupils Louis Ivatt, Sharni Jarvis, Amy Chamberlain, Sophie Bellamy, Max and Charlie Parkes, Sophie Jackson and Amber Fowler. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG211111-116NG

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HARD-WORKING friends of Shepeau Stow Primary School have been left heartbroken after thieves stole raffle prizes collected for their Christmas fair.

The Friends of the School committee has spent the past few weeks writing, phoning and visiting companies asking for prizes to raffle off at the event on December 2 to bring in cash to buy things for the school.

But police believe thieves targeted a property belonging to committee treasure Sharon Jarvis and stole hundreds of pounds worth of prizes, including watches, leather handbags, make-up bags, make-up, boxed scarves, silk ties and other smellies and cosmetics.

The items had been donated by the likes of Boots, Hills, Beales and Marks and Spencer.

Committee chairman Karen Jackson said: “It is totally heartbreaking that thieves can strike and take something away from our children.

“These prizes were supposed to be for the benefit of our children and we are all very upset by it.

“It’s just beyond belief that we have got to start all over again. All our hard work has been wasted.”

Mrs Jackson said collecting the raffle prizes had been hard work as the economic situation means companies are receiving more requests for help.

She said: “We have committed ourselves non-stop to raise money for the school and you wouldn’t believe how much hard work it has been.”

It is believed that the prizes were stolen sometime during last Wednesday night, and the Friends of Shepeau School are now appealing for help to replace them in time for the fair.

Mrs Jarvis said people had already started rallying round to donate raffle prizes and Mrs Jackson said letters were going to be sent out to those whose donated prizes had been stolen to explain the situation.

Anyone who can help by donating a raffle prize can contact the school on 01406 330395.