DISGUST AS THIEFS TARGET CHARITY - (Front Page Story- Cornish Guardian 13th March 2013)
Patients and staff at the children’s clinic were horrified after a callous break-in and theft at their Lostwithiel premises.
Some time between 7 pm on the night of Thursday, 7th March, and 8.30 a.m. the following morning a double-glazed window and frame were destroyed and petty cash stolen from the Clinic in the Market Square.
Kate Hands, Cranial Osteopath and Principal of the Clinic said “Glass was everywhere in the reception area. “It was such a pointless break in as we never leave large sums of money on the premises and our practitioners don’t use drugs but the mess was indescribable. It really has pulled us all together – our patients were horrified and felt their clinic had been violated – and we all worked together to get the Clinic tidied up so it was business as usual. “
“Because we are a charity and have to pay for the replacement window and glass, our local carpenter, Graham Rule, has kept the cost to a minimum. The building is also the home of the Lostwithiel Complementary Health Clinic, which treats all age groups and funds the clinic – which means the charity’s overheads are covered and all excess income goes directly to treating children who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it. Having to pay to replace the window from our charitable funds is a blow – but we are grateful for everyone’s support.”
Jess Birmingham, one of the clinic’s practitioners and Cornwall’s only paediatric acupuncturist, said staff managed to meet all their existing appointments by bringing the old reception area back into action and switching round treatment rooms, but felt the break-in was a real shame. “The thief won’t have got much money, she said, just a bit of petty cash and the donations this month for second books, but it would have been used to subsidise treatments for children from low-income families.“
“That’s how the clinic originally came into being: to offer non-conventional treatments by experienced practitioners with specific paediatric training to all children, regardless of their family’s income. We also treat adults as well, for a really wide range of conditions and it’s a lovely clinic, supported by local volunteers and really valued by those who use it.”
It is believed between £15 and £20 was taken.
All of us involved with the Clinic are very very grateful for your help and support. Our thanks to you all.
“Great news again for the Children’s Clinic for Cornwall – the Hilton in the Community Foundation have just awarded us £10,000 to go towards match funding the £20,000 awarded to us by the Duchy Health Charity in April this year. As a result, building work is now well under way converting the garage of the Market Building in the car park in Lostwithiel. providing the Clinic with a much needed large new reception with a treatment room above.Last winter, every time it rained, water flooded into the garage and the wind blew in through every nook and cranny! This winter will find us snug and warm but we still need to raise another £15/20,000 to finish the job, so fundraising will continue in earnest. We have another ceilidh planned for the autumn and our charity shop will resume as soon as building works allow.The Hilton in the Community Foundation and the Duchy Health Charity are not the only ones who are supporting us – Lanhydrock Golf Club have chosen us as their Charity of the Year, as has Cornwall Army Cadet Corps. Local Lions Clubs have been very supportive, and we have had many generous donations from individual donors, including HRH Prince Charles, the Duke of Cornwall.The Clinic will now have four treatment rooms to meet the growing demand.Our other exciting news is that Jess Birmingham, the West Country’s first and only paediatric acupuncturist, has moved down to Cornwall so that she can work at the Clinic. She assures us that she only uses the finest sterile needles and that it’s practically painless. Acupuncture has been found to be particularly successful in treating squints, sinus and adenoidal problems, dental development and many other childhood conditions.The need for the Charity is growing – one third of families in Cornwall don’t have an adult in full time employment – and more and more babies and children are being sent to us by local paediatricians, midwives, teachers and simply by word of mouth. We’re doing our best to get there. The Clinic is staffed by volunteers – if anyone wants to help or get involved or give us a donation to help reach our target, give us a ring on 01208 872867 or call in to see us. The Children’s Clinic for Cornwall is now open four days a week on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and every other Wednesday.”