Update: Man charged over Aylsham charity box theft

PUBLISHED: 10:23 24 December 2012

Annabel Hughes and her twins Henry and Rebekah, 7.

Annabel Hughes and her twins Henry and Rebekah, 7. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2012

A man from Essex has been charged with the theft of £70 from a charity box in Aylsham Parish Church.

Terence Glover, 44, of Newman’s Lane, Loughton, will appear before Norwich magistrates on January 11.

As previously reported Annabel Hughesd said her faith in human nature had been restored after kind-hearted readers donated more than £400 after hearing about the theft.

Mrs Hughes was horrified when she realised the cash had been taken from the Dravet Syndrome UK collection box, which was beside her family’s decorated tree in Aylsham church’s Christmas tree festival earlier this month.

Mrs Hughes’ daughter Rebekah, seven, suffers from Dravet’s, a form of epilepsy which can cause life-threatening seizures.

She said: “It is incredible. We have had so many donations. Walking through Aylsham somebody came out of a shop and gave us £10. People have been putting money through the door.

“The support has been tremendous. It restores your faith in human nature.”

A £100 donation was made by a lady in Essex. A man from Norwich also gave £100 and a further £50 to the church, which had given Mrs Hughes £50 for the charity following the theft. She added: “He thought the church shouldn’t be out of pocket. The thoughtfulness has been amazing. We took it really personally when it happened and it seemed like a lot of other people did too.”

Dravet’s Syndrome UK funds research into the incurable condition, and buys vital monitors for parents and carers to alert them of dangerous night-time seizures.

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