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Gifts for sick children stolen


Christmas presents destined for sick youngsters at Great Ormond Street Hospital have stolen by thieves.

Up to 20 wrapped gifts were taken from the world-famous children’s hospital in London between Friday and yesterday, the Metropolitan Police said.

The presents, which had been bought using the hospital’s charity fund, included portable DVD players, DVDs, Nintendo DS games consoles, games and toys and were to be given to children in the intensive care unit.

They were taken from a non-public area of the hospital, which has more than 200,000 patient visits each year.

The hospital, known as GOSH, was set up in 1852 and celebrated its 160th anniversary this year.

Its valuable work was highlighted during the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, when many of its young patients and staff took part in a sequence paying tribute to the NHS.

Inspector Neal Anderson said: “To steal presents that were supposed to be for children too sick to be at home with their families at Christmas is beyond belief.

“I would urge anyone who has information about the individual, or persons, responsible to contact officers so that we can try and get the items back before Christmas Day.

“I would also urge the thief to try and think about their actions and do the decent thing and return them.”


Readers' comments (2)

  • Tinkerbell

    scoundrels! I once worked on a mother and baby unit. My manager came in and asked where the TV had gone. I hadn't even noticed the tv had gone missing as my focus was on the mother and baby. Thereafter they decided it might be a good idea to tag the babies so an alarm would go off. I think i would have noticed if the baby had gone missing though.

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  • despicable and as bad as brutally attacking the elderly and handicapped for their purse, or anybody else for that matter.

    in the nurses' home our tele was chained to the wall and that was back in the mid-70s. The idea that this was necessary in one's place of abode was rather a shock at first.

    Although the home was locked after 10 pm all the fire exits on each floor had to remain open. They didn't find a way of preventing theft of underwear hanging on the washing lines though or the carpet newly laid in the corridor of my department! On the Monday morning after it was laid we came to work to find a section had been removed and having reported it found another section missing the next morning, until the whole had carpet had gone piece by piece. Shame it was rather a nice colour although the quality was rather utility!

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