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HEARTLESS thieves have stolen a charity box containing hundreds of pounds raised on behalf of terminally ill patients.

On Wednesday last week, a man and a woman entered the Olives Bathrooms showroom on Watling Street in Towcester and stole the box which contained money being raised by the owner, Olive Forster, 54.

Mrs Forster is taking part in a sponsored trek through the Transylvanian mountains in support of the Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes.

She has held coffee mornings and raffles to raise funds for the project and kept the proceeds in a bucket in her showroom for customers to make donations.

But just before midday on Wednesday, February 16 a couple walked into the showroom, distracted Mrs Forster and stole the bucket which contained between £200 and £300.

The man is described as around 30 years old, about 6ft 2ins tall, with thin black coloured hair. He was clean shaven.

The woman is described as around 40 years old, about 5ft 5ins tall, white and of stocky build. She was wearing a black robe and a navy blue scarf.

Mrs Forster said: “I have been burgled before and it makes you feel horrible that someone has been in your home.

“But this has made me feel worse somehow. It‘s so low that they can take from a charity, I can’t get my head around it. It’s taken so long to collect the money it is going take another to six months to replace it. It’s horrendous.”

Mrs Forster is taking part in the trek with friend Joanne Douglas, 40, who runs Cherish Kitchens just a few doors away. The pair are due to take part in a five day trek through the Transylvanian mountains on August 16 organised by the same group which organised last year’s Children in Need celebrity trek up Kilimanjaro.

Mrs Forster said: “We’ve both had family members who have suffered from cancer and we both know people who have been cared for by a hospice.

“So I know how important they are to people with terminal illnesses and their families.

“It costs an awful lot to run a hospice and most of what they do is done by volunteers and they rely on donations from the public.”

Anyone wanting to support the Transylvania Trek can also visit www.justgiving.com/olive-forstertranstrek.

Any witnesses or anyone with information about this theft should call police on 03000 11122 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.