Generous customers boost fund after raid

The Prince of Wales, Cowling Brow
The Prince of Wales, Cowling Brow

A Chorley pub landlord has had his faith restored by the generosity of the town’s public, barely a week after the theft of around £500 of cash destined for Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Thieves struck overnight at the Prince of Wales on Cowling Brow early on Sunday, September 15.

They stole a five-litre whisky bottle containing more than £200 and emptied an envelope with £260 – despite both being clearly marked as charity donations.

John Grainger, who has been at the Prince of Wales around a year, spoke of his disgust at the raid, and this week said forensic tests and investigations were still on-going.

But now he’s gone public to thank all those who – having heard about the theft – made donations to the charity fund, ensuring the Astley Village hospice will not miss out.

Non-charity related cash amounting to around £340 was also stolen, something the 56-year-old landlord said he just had to accept.

But he added: “We’ve had a great public response, with £5, £10, even £30 and £50 donations, and a £200 cheque.

“That’s absolutely brilliant and restores your faith.

“Anyone who’s ever been burgled knows it’s not just about the break-in, but also people being in your property – let alone that they stole something clearly marked for charity.

“We had a challenge to raise £500 and were up to around £450 a month or so ago. But all is not lost and we now have at least £350 thanks to these generous donations.”

John said money would soon be passed on to the hospice, which cares for terminally ill children and teenagers from all over the region.