Watford cafe owner 'absolutely disgusted' after cash is stolen from collection jar (From Watford Observer)
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Watford's Ocean Bells Coffee Company owner 'absolutely disgusted' after cash is stolen from Macmillan Cancer Support collection jar
A cafe owner was left "appalled" and "frustrated" after £35 was stolen from the cafe’s Macmillan Cancer Support collection jar - the charity that helped him after the death of his father earlier this year.
Alex Wadey, 32, and his wife Isabella, 31, had been collecting money to coincide with a Macmillan coffee morning on Friday, September 27 in their newly opened cafe in High Street, Watford.
Mr Wadey, who owns Ocean Bells Coffee Company with his wife, explained: "We had a ‘guess the number of coffee beans in the jar’ competition running all week and a lot of customers joined in and donated money.
"The money for the competition was in a coffee mug on a bench under a Macmillan poster and to our absolute disgust an amount of £35 was taken from the mug at some point on Saturday morning.
"We were absolutely disgusted when we heard, and I couldn’t believe it. This person did not steal from me; he stole from charity which makes the whole thing even worse.
"What was more upsetting was the fact I wanted to give something back after the amazing support the Macmillan nurses gave my whole family after my father died in May, after a five year battle with asbestosis.
"It was an extremely difficult period of time for the whole family and the nurses were great.
"I hope the thief can live with their conscience."
Mr Wadey, who grew up in Garston, put news of the theft on social media sites and as a result received messages of support and additional donations from customers.
He continued: "When word got out that this awful thing had happened people came in with donations and are still donating now.
"Staff and customers were so shocked by the theft that an amount exceeding £100 pounds has been donated since.
"We are gobsmacked by the amazing kindness of people after hearing of the absolutely disgusting behaviour of the thief, and it has restored our faith in humanity.
"I am hoping the money raised will make a difference for the fantastic charity.
"The fact that we are a young business meant we were never going to raise thousands but every little helps.
"We won’t let this thief ruin the fun for everyone."
Mr Wadey, of Ashby Road, is gearing up to attempt the London marathon next year in a bid to continue raising money for the charity.
Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, medical and financial support and pushes for better cancer care.
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