A group of friends taking part in a hospice fundraiser have spoken of their disgust after a callous thief stole £170 of their sponsorship cash.
The Allsorts were one of 14 teams taking part in a It’s A Knockout-style competition in Callendar Park on Saturday, which saw more than 130 entrants tackle an inflatable obstacle course.
I can’t believe someone would sink so low to steal from a charity fundraiserCaroline Russell
The annual event is expected to raise around £12,000-£15,000 for Strathcarron Hospice in Fankerton.
But the day was spoiled for one team after they discovered a thief had raided one of their bags left in a changing tent while they were competiting.
“I can’t believe how low someone would sink to steal from a charity fundraiser,” said team member Caroline Russell (38).
“We were all totally speechless.”
The Allsorts - Gary Nicol, Paul Reilly, Elspeth Kirkpatrick, Karlene Forsyth, Shona Campbell, Gillian Reilly, Lynsey Black and Caroline - have pledged to recoup the cash and ensure Strathcarron does not lose out on a single penny.
They have already received £50 from one good samaritan after they learned of the theft.
Caroline continued: “People have been very kind, but they should not have to be. We don’t want to have to ask those who have donated to do so again.”
The incident took place sometime between 2.45pm and 4pm on Saturday.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to the theft to come forward.
Caroline, from Dunipace, is a regular fundraiser for Strathcarron and is already signed up to take part in the Tartan Warrior event at the end of the month and the Mud N’ Stuff race in September.
Jackie Johnston, fundraising manager at the hospice, said: “We’re incredibly dissapointed someone would steal from an event like this.
“We have not experienced any thefts at previous It’s A Knockout days, but we will encourage participants next year to keep their valuables locked up in a cage we will provide.”
Inspector Graham Mackin of Police Scotland said: “We are currently carrying out a number of enquiries in relation to the theft of a three-figure sum of money from Callendar Park in Falkirk on Saturday between 2.45pm and 4pm.
“I would ask anyone who has any relevant information with regards to this incident to please contact police on 101 or, alternatively the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Caroline’s fundraising page is still accepting donations for Strathcarron Hospice.