Charity cash stolen from injured solider’s business

A FUNERAL directors run by a young man who was badly injured in Afghanistan has had its Help For Heroes collection box stolen.

The collection box was stolen from Payne & Son on Seaside on Friday (June 29) at around noon.

The business was set up by Christopher Howard with his mum and dad Donna and Rod Payne in July 2010, just 11 months after Christopher was severely injured by an IED whilst on foot patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Christopher lost three fingers on his right hand and his right leg.

He received support from Help for Heroes after the injury and his family have had a collection box in the funeral directors to help the charity.

Donna was manning the parlour’s front desk when a man came in and said he would like some prices for his nan’s funeral. He then said he was going to get his mum and never returned. Later that day, Donna saw the collection box was missing and when she viewed the CCTV the young man was seen to put the collection box down his trousers and make a quick exit.

For the full story see the Eastbourne Herald on Friday.