Raiders steal charity raffle prizes during Saddleworth factory burglary

A GREENFIELD factory will not allow callous thieves to ruin its Christmas charity fund raiser.

Robert Scott and Sons aimed to donate hundreds of pounds to the British Heart Foundation through its annual raffle of prizes and gifts given by partners and suppliers throughout the year.

Robert Scott in Greenfield

Instead, all prizes and an undisclosed amount of raffle money were stolen in a raid on Scott’s Manchester Road premises last Friday night (December 14).

Despite the break-in bosses are determined the raffle goes ahead as planned.

Operations Director, Daniel Scott, told the Independent: “We will still be drawing a raffle, sadly just not of the same magnitude.

“Because we have so many people buying tickets, including staff at our other sites in Burnley and Heywood, we like to have a lot of prizes.

“People are rallying round. A lot of local suppliers have seen the news and brought bottles in.

“Even though the prizes aren’t as good as we had hoped, people are still putting their hands in their pockets to buy more raffle tickets.

“We usually raise around £600. So, staff are having another go which is great.”

Stolen gifts included: Fortnum & Mason hamper, Australasia voucher, Wood & Sage wooden gift set, Virginia Haywood hamper, Peroni, Prosecco and truffles gift sets, along with a range of luxury wine, spirits, chocolate, blankets and towel prizes.

“It’s always awful when any break in happens but even more so when we’re trying to help such a worthy cause and especially during the season of goodwill,” added a company spokesperson.

“While we don’t expect to see any of these gifts again maybe by at least knowing the stolen goods are helping towards this charity may make someone think twice about what they’ve done.

“At Robert Scott, we’re committed to helping BHF as much as we can and making sure this Christmas is a special and lovely time as always.”

Anyone with information about the break in is asked to contact the factory or report it to the police by contacting 101 along with crime reference number 336151G/18.

Last week’s burglary was the latest raid on business premises along the A 635 Greenfield-Mossley corridor.

Restaurants Lal Quilla and Ho Ho’s, Pattisons butchers and a bridal wear shop have also been targeted.

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