Charity fundraiser Les Hoey has vowed to continue his work for sick children - despite the thief who spoiled last week’s festive party.
Les and his volunteers were distraught when it was discovered that a bag containing more than £300 in raffle proceeds had been stolen at his annual Christmas bash at Fir Park.
A host of celebrities and football stars had turned to support Les’s 14th Christmas party for sick or terminally ill children.
But the occasion turned sour when the bag, containing pound coins, was swiped.
Les, who organises dream trips and treats for the kids throughout the year, said: “It must have been taken by someone at the party - someone who knew exactly the kind of things the money is used for.
“We had a fantastic time and had all sorts of top presents for the kids - iPads, laptops, DSs, bikes, cameras - that’s the kind of level we operate at.
“I really feel for the volunteer involved in organising the raffle - she has been with me for 14 years and her son died 13 years ago.
“But we were all distraught when we realised that the money was gone - I don’t know how those responsible can live with themselves.
“All the kids at the party had a fantastic time and left with arms full of gifts.
“People gave so generously to the raffle because they know that we spend every single penny we receive on helping these children.
“Nothing like this has ever happened in the 14 years I have been organising these parties - and it’s certainly not going to put me off continuing to do so.
“It has cast a shadow over the party but I would just like to thank Upper Crust in Motherwell and Asia Tandoori for doing the catering, as well as Warburtons, Albert Bartlett, all the volunteers and all the staff at Motherwell FC for all their efforts.”