A POLICE officer has raised £4,000 for a Chelmsley Wood charity after items meant for struggling families over Christmas were stolen.
DC Mark Bates, from West Midlands Police, saw on his local Facebook group that Meriden Adventure Playground’s community swap-shop had been broken into last month with around £2,000 worth of toys and clothes taken.
DC Bates, who has lived in Chelmsley Wood all of his life, felt a personal connection to the playground and wanted to help, so he started a GoFundMe Page to raise cash to replace the items.
He said: “I used the park a lot myself when I was growing up and I know a lot of families rely on the charity, so I wanted to do what I could to help.
“The fund-raiser has now gone past £4,000, I really never expected it to get this high, but it’s a testament to the great community spirit in Chelmsley Wood and beyond.
“Including the toys and money that have been donated so far, around £10,000 has been raised.
“Thank you to every single person who has donated their hard-earned money.”
The money raised will be used to replace the items stolen and to repair the damage caused by thieves.
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