Despicable: charity boxes stolen ahead of Remembrance Day

I felt proud to watch the huge number of people attending Remembrance Day services across the UK to pay their respects to the fallen.

Millions of people joined in a two-minute silence at 11am that marked the end of World War One on November 11, 1918.

In Helston and the surrounding villages, memorial services, parades and wreath laying ceremonies were held to remember those killed or wounded in conflict.

Sadly, the public’s remembrance spirit was dented by heartless and reprehensible thieves who stole Poppy Appeal collection boxes in Helston during the run-up to the services.

Charity boxes at The Central Methodist Church in Coinagehall Street and One2Eleven at Clodgey Lane were taken, with local people reacting on social media and calling the theft “shocking”, “disrespectful” and “despicable”.

The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign with funds helping to provide lifelong support for the Armed Forces community – serving men and women, veterans and their families.

I cannot begin to imagine what sort of person steals from a charity, and what makes this situation even less defendable, is how the Central Methodist Church helps those less fortunate. Anyone in need could have walked inside and asked for help and would probably be given assistance worth more than the donations in the stolen tin.

This year’s Remembrance was particularly significant as it fell on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War – a conflict which accounted for 16 million deaths.

People laid down their lives so that we could have the freedom we enjoy today.

It brings to mind the famous epitaph – “When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrows we gave our today.”

I wonder how those who gave their lives would have felt if they had known how some deplorable people would go on to abuse this freedom?

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