‘It makes your blood boil’

A FUNDRAISER who has collected more than £75,000 for charity was left heartbroken after thieves ransacked his home as he and his family slept.

Wednesday, 24th October 2012, 3:34 pm

More than £1,000 of Craig Palmer’s belongings were taken as well as £100 he had just raised for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Mr Palmer, of Grange View, Hemsworth, had collected the cash at a charity concert in Doncaster on Sunday night. But when he awoke the next morning he found the money had gone.

An iPad, iPod, and Blackberry mobile phone belonging to his daughter Lycia, ten, were also taken in the burglary, which took place in the early hours of Monday morning.

Mr Palmer, who was recently given the all clear from bowel cancer, said: “It makes your blood boil. We were just getting back to reality after everything that has happened. We had worked so hard for all this stuff and then somebody just comes in and takes it all.”

Mr Palmer, his partner Wendy Biglan and Lycia were all asleep upstairs when thieves entered through a kitchen window which had been left open.

Mr Palmer had been performing at a concert for MacMillan Cancer Support as part of duo act The P45s - the latest drive in 17 years of fundraising for MacMillan and The Meningitis Trust.

He said: “It annoys me so much because not only have they taken my daughters stuff, they have taken the MacMillan money too.

“MacMillan are amazing. They were so supportive of me and I just want to give them something back.”

The burglary was one of three in Hemsworth over the weekend and the South East neighbourhood police team are now increasing patrols in the area.

Inspector Geoff Carter said: “In two of the burglaries entry was gained through insecure windows and I would like to reiterate the message to close and lock your windows.”

Anyone with any information can contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.