Charity donations stolen in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 09:21 30 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:21 30 August 2013

Leanne Greengrass the founder of a local charity See The Future. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhh 1315-35-13TI

Leanne Greengrass the founder of a local charity See The Future. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhh 1315-35-13TI


Founder of Honiton-based charity saddened after money, destined to help fund research into devastating conditions causing sight loss, was stolen from a collection box.

The founder of a Honiton-based charity, set up to help fund vital research into conditions causing devastating sight loss, has been left deeply saddened after money was stolen from a collection box in the town.

Leanne Greengrass launched See the Future after she was inspired by her mother Jacqueline, who was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer and had to have her eye removed as a result.

The 29-year-old told the Midweek Herald that she discovered the donations in the collection box had been stolen last week after noticing the seal had been broken where the lid had been unscrewed to access the money.

It is not known exactly how much was stolen from the collection box, which was three quarters full.

“It was just so emotional my eyes started to well up,” says Leanne. “I’m really sad that someone has stooped that low.

“It has made me really sad because of what the charity does and how personal it is to me,” she added.

The charity is still in its infancy and only gained its official charity status in April.

The money raised goes to non-Government funded eye care units to help fund further research. Leanne says that special ultrasound machines cost in the region of £40,000 and research into the different diseases affecting the eyes can cost £18,000.

“Every penny helps. They need that support and that money,” she says

Despite this incident See the Future is continuing to go from strength to strength and is becoming more well-known within the local community.

Leanne said: “The name of the charity is starting to gradually get out there. It is only a new charity and for this to happen it is very sad.”

“See the Future is going in the right direction. I’m not going to let this dishearten me.”

Leanne will be holding another See the Future charity ball in September, which she hopes will follow on from the success of last year’s event, which raised £2,660.

Tickets are still available for the charity ball on Friday, September 20, at Woodbury Park Hotel. For more information or for tickets call Leanne on 07934690466.

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