Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Despicable' Theft at Hospital Chapel; Chaplain's Anger as Toys Left by Grieving Mums Stolen

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Despicable' Theft at Hospital Chapel; Chaplain's Anger as Toys Left by Grieving Mums Stolen

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Byline: Neil McKay

THIEVES have been branded "despicable" after they stole soft toys placed by grieving mothers next to a Book of Remembrance in a hospital chapel.

The thefts in the chapel at the University Hospital of North Durham has disgusted chaplains and NHS staff. The discovery was made by Father Paul Tully, the Roman Catholic hospital chaplain, yesterday morning.

The thieves also took away a two-foot high brass-plated cross, along with the plinth it was standing on.

Rev Kevin Tromans, the Anglican hospital chaplain, said: "I am absolutely sickened by these thefts.

"The chapel is meant to be a place of solace, quiet and comfort for patients and their relatives, which is why we leave it open at al times.

"It feels as if it has been violated. "What is particularly sickening is that soft toys left by bereaved mothers of babies who died at birth or soon after birth were stolen.

"These were placed next to the Chapel's Book of Remembrance so it was obvious as to why they were there. …

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