Christmas tree stolen ahead of fundraiser for terminally ill child

Bucks Free Press: Christmas tree stolen ahead of fundraiser for terminally ill child Christmas tree stolen ahead of fundraiser for terminally ill child

THE family of a terminally ill child have hit out at the heartless thieves who stole a Christmas tree put up for an event to raise money for their daughter’s care.

Caroline Jutla said she was “shocked and disgusted” after learning the tree outside The Masters pub had been swiped within hours of being planted.

The tree was paid for by Tara News ahead of a fundraiser on December 10 in aid of Amber’s Wish – a charity set up by the Downley family to provide care and create memorable experiences for their two-year-old daughter Amber, who suffers from Infantile Batten Disease.

Mrs Jutla said: “I am disgusted that someone could do such a thing and it’s so sad because Tara News and others are being really nice by doing something for the community and for Amber.

“It might only be a Christmas tree to someone but it means an awful lot more to me – I want to make this Christmas really special for Amber as we don’t know how much time we have left with her.

“We were really looking forward to see the community come together and to see school children singing carols around the tree – it’s shocking someone would it take less than 24 hours of it being up, it’s disgusting.”

The callous theft of the 16 foot tree has shocked the community but Raj Chandarana, who runs Tara News, said the #LetsMakeDisraeliChristmassy event will still go ahead as planned.

He said: “We’re obviously not happy about it as it cost £350 and has obviously left a gap.

"We are very trusting people so it’s disappointing, not just because it has been stolen but the fact people didn’t get to see it.

“But we’ll just have to get hold of another tree, the event will still go on – we have a host of stalls, a Santa’s Grotto, a raffle and children from The Disraeli School will be singing carols for the community.

“We recently finished first out of 84,000 stores in the Independent Achievers Academy Awards for our community service – we’re the pillar of this community and we wanted to show everyone why we won that by putting on a great event for the community.”

The event gets under way at 2.30pm on December 10 at the Masters pub in Brindley Avenue.

Anyone interested in running a stall, donating prizes to the raffle or replacing the Christmas tree are urged to call Raj on 07801539634.

To find out more information about Infantile Batten Disease click here.

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12:48pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Stand up for England says...

Cut their bloody hands off. Absolute scum !!
Cut their bloody hands off. Absolute scum !! Stand up for England

1:01pm Wed 4 Dec 13

littlestar says...

Stand up for England wrote:
Cut their bloody hands off. Absolute scum !!
Oops, not sure what's going on with the voting thing, I gave this quote the thumbs up as I completely agree and it's shown a thumbs down!
[quote][p][bold]Stand up for England[/bold] wrote: Cut their bloody hands off. Absolute scum !![/p][/quote]Oops, not sure what's going on with the voting thing, I gave this quote the thumbs up as I completely agree and it's shown a thumbs down! littlestar

1:09pm Wed 4 Dec 13

littlestar says...

I was appalled to see the tree had been stolen yesterday. Tara's news are trying so hard to be part of the community and fundraise for a good cause of a local family. It sickens me to the stomach to think that there are people that really will steal anything and have no morals or conscience whatsoever.
I was appalled to see the tree had been stolen yesterday. Tara's news are trying so hard to be part of the community and fundraise for a good cause of a local family. It sickens me to the stomach to think that there are people that really will steal anything and have no morals or conscience whatsoever. littlestar

3:54pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Marmite XO says...

Have they checked The Masters for the tree?
Have they checked The Masters for the tree? Marmite XO

5:49pm Wed 4 Dec 13

missingtwick says...

Someone must have seen it being taken, or know someone who has suddenly acquired an enormous tree. Makes me feel sick that people can do this and feel ok about it. I hope their conscience kicks in and it gets returned. Probably just some mindless kids though.
Someone must have seen it being taken, or know someone who has suddenly acquired an enormous tree. Makes me feel sick that people can do this and feel ok about it. I hope their conscience kicks in and it gets returned. Probably just some mindless kids though. missingtwick

6:06pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Blond1e says...

Have just heard on Three Counties Radio that Ben Mason from Aston Cliton is donating a new tree. Top bloke
Have just heard on Three Counties Radio that Ben Mason from Aston Cliton is donating a new tree. Top bloke Blond1e

7:44pm Wed 4 Dec 13

KrissieJS says...

Blond1e wrote:
Have just heard on Three Counties Radio that Ben Mason from Aston Cliton is donating a new tree. Top bloke
3 cheers for Ben Mason
[quote][p][bold]Blond1e[/bold] wrote: Have just heard on Three Counties Radio that Ben Mason from Aston Cliton is donating a new tree. Top bloke[/p][/quote]3 cheers for Ben Mason KrissieJS

10:03pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Don’t know who Ben Mason from Aston Clinton is, (nothing on search engine) but he has done all that a man should do.

His gesture just about cancels out the actions of the low lifes who took the tree.

Well done for such a good gesture Mr Mason!
Don’t know who Ben Mason from Aston Clinton is, (nothing on search engine) but he has done all that a man should do. His gesture just about cancels out the actions of the low lifes who took the tree. Well done for such a good gesture Mr Mason! Undercover Euro Yob

1:59am Thu 5 Dec 13

Dickitdo says...

I hope that the low life person or persons that have stolen this tree have the most miserable Christmas that any of us can imagine.
I hope that the low life person or persons that have stolen this tree have the most miserable Christmas that any of us can imagine. Dickitdo

10:46am Fri 6 Dec 13

I know who I am says...

There's some scum around these days. Thankfully the Mr Masons of this world by far outrun the scumbags. Thank you Mr Mason
There's some scum around these days. Thankfully the Mr Masons of this world by far outrun the scumbags. Thank you Mr Mason I know who I am

5:11pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Little Miss says...

I think it's absolutely appalling that someone took the tree. May their house be plagued with a thousand invisible fleas. Scum.

Hands up to this Ben Mason though if he has indeed donated another tree, and I hope that this one is left alone.
I think it's absolutely appalling that someone took the tree. May their house be plagued with a thousand invisible fleas. Scum. Hands up to this Ben Mason though if he has indeed donated another tree, and I hope that this one is left alone. Little Miss

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