Theft-hit treasure hunt will be re-run to help Corin walk
CHARITY fundraisers trying to help a little boy walk are bouncing back after burglars stole more than £1,000 of their proceeds.
As previously reported in the Post, at about 2.15am on August 21, two thieves broke into Shireway Community Centre in Yate and stole about £1,400 collected for the Corin's First Steps appeal.
On the Saturday before they held a treasure hunt, auction and karaoke at the community centre, but the theft meant the generosity of everyone who attended was all for nothing.
The charity is trying to find £35,000 for three-year-old Corin Potts, pictured, to have a life-changing operation to help him walk, and vital aftercare.
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Corin was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 18 months old and cannot walk unaided, relying on a walking frame or wheelchair to get around.
Now the community centre is holding another treasure hunt and charity event on Saturday, September 29.
Committee member Lesley Hall, the head of the entertainment team, said: "The club members were very upset by this and we have since got together and decided the only way not to let the burglars get us down is by doing the treasure hunt again to raise more money for Corin's First Steps.
"We want to let people know we are fighting back, and to the criminals – don't even think about coming back to get it this time."
Corin's dad James said previously: "The support of people throughout Yate and Chipping Sodbury for our appeal has been amazing."
Money is being raised for Corin to have selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery (SDR).
While the surgery is available at Frenchay Hospital, just seven miles away from the family's home in Woodchester, Yate, it is not routinely available on the NHS and the local health trusts do not tend to pay for the operation.
The family have been told it is unlikely they will get funding, and they are waiting to find out whether Corin will be able to have the procedure at Frenchay Hospital, for about £23,000, or whether they will have to go to the USA where it would cost considerably more. Last night, the appeal was just a couple of hundred pounds shy of its target.
As previously reported, some of the money raised from a charity event organised by the Darren Wright Foundation on September 16 will also be donated to Corin's appeal.
Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard is coming to Cabot Circus to do a meet and greet and question and answer session.
Charity founder Scott Wright, whose brother has cerebral palsy, has pledged the first cheque he writes after the event will be donated.
To donate, visit www.justgiving. com/corinsfirststeps.
For information on the treasure hunt call 01454 273050 or visit www.shireway.co.uk. CCTV of the break-in at the Shireway community centre can be viewed by visiting www.thisisbristol.co.uk/CorinCCTV.
Anyone with information on the crime should call the police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.