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Neil donates a new safe for Neptune

By Natasha Swift 3rd May 2017

Neil donates a new safe for Neptune
NEW SAFE: In Charlestown for local charities

JUST two weeks after a safe full of money being raised for terminally-ill children was stolen from the Neptune sculpture in Charlestown, the collection box has been reinstated thanks to the kindness of one St Austell man.

The safe containing the funds for Little Harbour hospice in Porthpean was spotted missing from the giant carving of the sea god Neptune on Charlestown Road on the morning of Monday, April 17.

The 8ft sculpture, which is carved from a felled beech tree, features the head of Neptune, wearing a crown of shells and surrounded by sea creatures and was commissioned by Sarita and Jason Miller, who live in the house behind, and carved by Peter Martin.

Since the sculpture was completed in 2011 it has raised more than £6,000 for Little Harbour, but Sarita said she was worried about how much money they would lose following the theft as there was no secure safe for donations.

She issued an appeal to security firms who were able to offer any support.

Neil Martin, who owns Eden Reclamation, stepped up and has provided a safe so the couple can continue the fundraising efforts for Little Harbour hospice.

Sarita said: “Thank you so much Neil for your help, providing us with the safe, granite and your time to help Jason reinstate the collection box and also for your kind donation. It was very much appreciated. We can now continue to support Little Harbour.

“He came out on Friday afternoon and delivered the safe and granite. He was really, really helpful. He was mad that someone could do such a thing.

“It has now been cemented into the hedge. Between Neil and Jason it is back in situ and raising money for Little Harbour thankfully.”

An appeal for information about the theft of the safe was shared on social media and St Austell police inspector, Ed Gard, called the crime despicable.

Anyone with information about the theft should call police on 101 quoting crime reference number CR/028517/17.

By Natasha Swift 3rd May 2017

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