A HEART-BROKEN grandmother has been dealt another traumatic blow after cruel thieves stole collection money from her daughter's funeral.
Yvonne Waters and her family were devastated when Nikki-Leigh Giffin died in her sleep on May 23, aged just 22. Instead of giving flowers at the funeral
- held in St James' Church, Shirley on June 9 - the family had requested donations could be made to Cancer Research and Barnados charity shops where Nikki-Leigh worked.
According to Yvonne, mourners also wanted to leave money for Nikki-Leigh's two-year-old daughter Sarah and so a collection plate was left at the back of the church.
"It's really dreadful to think someone has done this," said Yvonne.
"We are terribly upset at losing Nikki-Leigh so suddenly and now someone has taken money from charity and little Sarah, this has very much added to our grief.
"How can anyone stoop so low?"
The grieving family only became aware the money had been snatched when Yvonne's son James and dad Michael called a few days later to collect it."You hear of presents going missing at weddings but this is unbelievable.
"Hopefully someone's conscience will be pricked and they will return all the money," she added.
Rev Michael Caddy has been at the church for 21 years and said this was the first time the collection has been stolen. "It's a terrible thing to have happened and we are very sad about it. We will have to think careful-ly about leaving the plate at the back of the church unattended in future."
In light of the theft, the church has decided to give all further donations made by people unsure of which charity to support, to Barnados and Cancer Research.
Anyone with information on the stolen collection plate can call Solihull Police on 0845 1135000...SUPL: