A grieving dad says thieves have ripped his heart out by stealing money he had been collecting in memory of his daughter.
Thomas Head, of Eastmoor, has been collecting for the Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal since his daughter Brogan died four years ago.
Little Brogan was born with a heart defect and died at Leeds General Infirmary shortly after she was born at Pontefract Hospital.
But a charity collection box which had been at Trinity Bake House, on Zetland Street, since December was stolen last week.
Mr Head said he was just about to take the box to the charity when it was snatched.
He said: “I’m absolutely devastated. It feels like my heart has been ripped out.
“There’s no worse feeling than losing a child, and it’s just sick to think that someone could steal from a baby’s charity. It’s a sad world if you can’t leave a charity box somewhere for fear it will be stolen.
“I don’t know how much money was in the box, but it was nearly full and had been there since before Christmas.”
The charity funds important equipment for treating children and tries to improve their stay in hospital.
Police said the box was stolen between 3pm on Monday, March 4 and 9am on Wednesday, March 6.
Insp Richard Close, of the central neighbourhood policing team, said: “Theft of any description is not acceptable, and the theft of money collected for charity is really at another level of sheer desperation and greed. Many people will be disappointed and outraged by this theft, and rightly so.”
Anyone with any information should contact police on 101 .