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Dress maker helps out with charity night after collection was stolen
A SEAMSTRESS has helped repair the damage after a thief swiped a charity box.
Sarah Whiteside has donated £80 to replace the amount which was stolen from a charity collection set up in memory of a man who died from an epileptic seizure.
The cash was stolen from the H20 hair salon in Weymouth town centre, where Laura Dench was raising money for charity Epilepsy Action in honour of her tragic brother-in-law Daniel Dench. Married dad-of-one Daniel died aged 35 at home in Weymouth in March.
Following his death, Daniel’s family and friends vowed to raise money for Epilepsy Action and are holding a charity ball in Weymouth on Saturday night.
More than 100 women will don their old wedding dresses and other ‘special occasion’ dresses for the Get Your Frock On fundraiser at the Hotel Rembrandt.
Kind-hearted Sarah, of Portland, heard of the charity box theft through Facebook and stepped in to offer her services to adjust old wedding dresses for former brides to wear to the ball.
She is donating the £80 adjustment fees to Epilepsy Action to replace the stolen money.
Laura, 30, owner of H20 in St Thomas Street, said: “I felt sick and deeply disappointed when I found out that the money had been stolen.
“Daniel’s family have been concentrating on the fundraising as a way of focusing and staying positive after his death and to have that taken away, you feel responsible even though it wasn’t your fault.”
Laura, who lives on Portland and is married to Daniel’s twin brother Michael, said: “We were surprised at how much money was in the box but Dan did know a lot of people. He was a well loved, laid back, popular guy.
“Sarah contacted us through Facebook and said she wanted to help replace the money.
“It’s amazing to have this offer after something so horrible happened. It’s the lowest of the low for someone to steal a charity box.
“That someone who didn’t know Daniel was willing to donate this money is incredible.”
Sarah, who runs boutique and workshop Frank Designs in Fortuneswell, Portland, said she didn’t hesitate to offer help when she heard of the theft.
She added: “I know that some of the fundraisers for Daniel’s cause have been doing 70 mile charity bike rides.
“I couldn’t do anything like that but I can alter dresses.”
Fundraiser is a sell-out
THE sold-out Get Your Frock On fundraiser will see people donning outfits they wouldn’t normally wear again, like wedding dresses and ball gowns at the Hotel Rembrandt on Saturday.
A Tom Jones Tribute Act will perform and there will be an auction and raffle. Around £600 has been raised so far.
To donate to the Daniel Dench fund, call H20 Hair Salon on 01305 839577.
A Dorset Police spokeswoman said the charity box was stolen from H20 Salon between August 28 and September 4.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Dorset Police on 101.
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