Since December 2012, there has been a steady reduction in the number of charity collection bags collected by the mental health charity, Mind, across the Blaby district.
Numerous reports have been made to the charity by the public informing them that a van without a Mind logo has taken their bag on the arranged collection day. There also seems to be an increased interest in bags taken containing clothes.
On a particular day last month in Braunstone Town, Mind were expecting to collect in the region of 40 bags, but only came across 22 on their arranged collection day.
PC Stu Cross said:
“This charity heavily relies on the kindness of the public donating the items in these bags. The estimated cost of each bag to the charity is around £10 and they have seen a drop in around 25 to 30 bags a week so you can imagine a loss of around £300 each week is very significant to them.
“We would like to firstly make the public aware of this particular issue and secondly ask people to report any suspicious vans they see collecting these bags. Mind only use vans displaying their logo so if you witness a van without a logo collecting a bag, we would please ask that you take down what details you can of the vehicle and its occupants and contact police or the charity.”
Mick Lyon, assistant manager at Mind Midlands warehouse says:
“We are really concerned about the amount of Mind donation bags disappearing in the Blaby area. Stealing from a charity is deplorable and we urge residents to be vigilant and alert police if they see anybody in unmarked vans collecting our bags.
“We are grateful to everyone who donates stock to our shops as these unwanted items provide a vital source of income to Mind. We rely on the generosity of donors to continue our important work such as providing services to people affected by mental health problems, and Mind’s two confidential mental health information services, Mind Infoline and Legal Advice Service.”