Second raid on India charity
Joanna Harma |
By Eleanor Wilson
have stolen hundreds of pounds from a Carlisle charity shop –
the second raid in less than six months.
takings from the Free Schools India shop in Abbey Street –
some of the best this year at more than £340 – were stolen
from a house in Thursby on Sunday afternoon.
charity, bringing free, fulltime education to India’s poorest
children, lost more than £60 to thieves in July when
collection boxes were stolen.
Shop owner Joanna Harma
said the cash stolen in the latest theft would have provided
six Indian children with schooling for a year.
added: “It had been a really busy Christmas Saturday and
finally we were getting close to paying off the loans we’ve
had to take to set up the shop, so we can start putting more
money towards the school. It’s very depressing.”
Harma, 26, opened the shop in July after visiting India and
seeing children forced to work in factories for less than 20p
Its profits go towards building a school in the
remote village of Chakarsi in Uttar Pradesh, north east of
Delhi. Her husband Gaurav Siddhu, who she married in Delhi in
February, is in India supervising the building of the school,
due to open in three months time.
The money was taken
from inside Mrs Harma’s home in Curthwaite Road, Thursby,
between noon and 2.30pm on Sunday.
The thief sneaked
into the house through the back door and took the money from a
shelf in the dining room.
Anyone with information
should contact the police on 01768 891999 or call
Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.