An animal charity near Banbury has expressed their ‘deep sadness’ after a donation box was stolen from their visitor centre.
Redwings Horse Sanctuary in Oxhill reported the box, estimated to contain about £50 in donations, went missing from the front desk on Saturday, February 27.
The amount is equivalent to a whole day’s care for one of the centre’s residents.
Lynn Cutress, chief executive of Redwings, said: “We are all deeply saddened by the theft of the donation box. I cannot believe that a visitor to one of our centres – who would have observed how vital donations are to our charity in caring for our horses and donkeys – would do such a thing!
“Every donation, no matter how large or small, makes such a difference to our charity so the disappearance of this donation box is a real concern.”
The charity is a 100 per cent publicly funded charity that rescues neglected, abandoned and mistreated horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, providing them with a safe place to live at sanctuaries across the UK. It is home to nearly 90 rescued animals.
The incident has been reported to the police but Redwings are also encouraging anyone who noticed any suspicious activity when visiting their visitor centre over the weekend of Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28 to get in touch.
Call 01508 481000.