£1,600 stolen from salon’s charity day

Swindon Advertiser: Hayley Whatton and Emmarella Passaro at the damaged door where the break-in happened Hayley Whatton and Emmarella Passaro at the damaged door where the break-in happened

A DAY of charity fundraising at an Old Town hair salon ended in disaster after thieves broke in and stole all the money that had been collected.

The owners of What Women Want, in Victoria Road, had raised more than £1,500 during a 24-hour hair-cutting session on Sunday.

They left for several hours to rest and get ready for continuing the event on Monday but returned to find thieves had smashed their way into the shop and taken £1,600.

Owners Hayley Whatton, 35, and Emmarella Passaro, 40, were going to split the money between Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer UK.

Hayley discovered what had happened early yesterday.

She said: “When I first saw it I couldn’t believe it. It’s something you think won’t ever happen to you.

“I was really upset at first but as I think about it I’m getting more and more angry. They didn’t touch anything else in the salon and just went for the money.

“They must have been watching us because they seemed to know exactly where to go.

“A lot of people generously donated and gave up a lot of time, only to have it all stolen.”

The pair started the charity event at noon on Sunday and were busy through the day and night, with live music.

They stayed open until about 2am when it calmed down so they decided to go home for a couple of hours to rest.

They put all the money they had raised, which was close to £1,600, in a secure tin and put it in the back of the shop.

The women came back at around 6am to start up again, but found the front door had been broken and the money tin missing, along with two charity boxes.

“It had been such a successful day and so many people had given up their time,” said Hayley.

“For a business the size of ours it was a good amount to raise and we were both very proud.

“It’s absolutely heartbreaking to think of all that effort going to waste because someone just wanted to take the money.”

The two women had personal reasons for wanting to raise money for both the charities. Emma’s mother died from cancer and her sister needed an operation which saved her life. Hayley has also had a cancer scare.

“The only thing that we need to do is fix the door and we can come back into work and open up as normal,” said Hayley.

“It’s not us they have taken from but the charities.

“We’re determined that once everything is sorted we are going to hold another charity event and raise even more money.”

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: “This is a distressing incident as the salon owners were up all night fundraising only to see their hard work ruined by someone stealing the money.

“We would appeal for anyone in the Victoria Road area between 2.45am and 6.30am on Monday, December 2, and who might have seen anything to call us.”

Call Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously.

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9:18am Tue 3 Dec 13

umpcah says...

I sympathise with the two ladies but £1600 seems a lot of money to be kept overnight in a portable tin. I hope CCTV in the area gives police enough clues to secure convictions.
I sympathise with the two ladies but £1600 seems a lot of money to be kept overnight in a portable tin. I hope CCTV in the area gives police enough clues to secure convictions. umpcah

11:51am Tue 3 Dec 13

Coolhandkeith says...

Mmm would they have left£1600 overnight if it were takings sounds iffy to me
Mmm would they have left£1600 overnight if it were takings sounds iffy to me Coolhandkeith

12:43pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Highworth Lad says...

Coolhandkeith wrote:
Mmm would they have left£1600 overnight if it were takings sounds iffy to me
AND how do they know the amount?? did they count it?
[quote][p][bold]Coolhandkeith[/bold] wrote: Mmm would they have left£1600 overnight if it were takings sounds iffy to me[/p][/quote]AND how do they know the amount?? did they count it? Highworth Lad

12:48pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Wiltshirereader says...

Have a heart Readers, surely if they were good enough to do this for CHARITY they're not the type to dupe people! Only one word for whoever stole the money...............
. VILE!!!!!!!
Have a heart Readers, surely if they were good enough to do this for CHARITY they're not the type to dupe people! Only one word for whoever stole the money............... . VILE!!!!!!! Wiltshirereader

1:22pm Tue 3 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

Wiltshirereader wrote:
Have a heart Readers, surely if they were good enough to do this for CHARITY they're not the type to dupe people! Only one word for whoever stole the money...............

. VILE!!!!!!!
I can think of quite a few other words they wouldn't print to be honest!
[quote][p][bold]Wiltshirereader[/bold] wrote: Have a heart Readers, surely if they were good enough to do this for CHARITY they're not the type to dupe people! Only one word for whoever stole the money............... . VILE!!!!!!![/p][/quote]I can think of quite a few other words they wouldn't print to be honest! house on the hill

2:00pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Davey Gravey says...

There have been instances of charity events where they are not really intended for that purpose-ie they want the money for themselves. Inside jobs often go on too. Not saying that is what has happened here mind. Purely playing devils advocate
There have been instances of charity events where they are not really intended for that purpose-ie they want the money for themselves. Inside jobs often go on too. Not saying that is what has happened here mind. Purely playing devils advocate Davey Gravey

9:40pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Ellofolks says...

Another example of the quality and valuable people that we share this magnificent town with. If ever caught I hope they don't forget to blame everybody but themselves for their actions. That way they won't waste time in getting on with their next deed to harm the good, honest and thoughtful.
Another example of the quality and valuable people that we share this magnificent town with. If ever caught I hope they don't forget to blame everybody but themselves for their actions. That way they won't waste time in getting on with their next deed to harm the good, honest and thoughtful. Ellofolks

9:08am Wed 4 Dec 13

Against Breast Cancer Charity says...

Please don't jump to judge the efforts of these lovely ladies. They have each gone to a considerable amount of time and trouble to organise this fundraising event having been motivated to do so for personal reasons. Their good intentions and hard work have been undone by a criminal act and has left them both very distressed. That they plan to hold another event to raise vital funds for us & Prostate Cancer speaks volumes about their strength of character - please do your best to support this kind act of charity.
Please don't jump to judge the efforts of these lovely ladies. They have each gone to a considerable amount of time and trouble to organise this fundraising event having been motivated to do so for personal reasons. Their good intentions and hard work have been undone by a criminal act and has left them both very distressed. That they plan to hold another event to raise vital funds for us & Prostate Cancer speaks volumes about their strength of character - please do your best to support this kind act of charity. Against Breast Cancer Charity

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