Chesterfield Royal Hospital’s Nightingale Ward has received an unexpected gift from an unlikely source.
Detective Constable Dean Tidd from Chesterfield CID visited the ward armed with three enormous bags full of Lego kits following a year long investigation.
DC Tidd explains: “In 2012 we searched the home of a suspect on suspicion of theft and discovered around £5,000 worth of Lego kits packed up, ready to be shipped.
“It transpires that this gentleman had spent two years stealing these kits from supermarkets across the Midlands and selling them on eBay for whatever he could get to fund a gambling addiction. Looking through his records we estimate that he’d amassed around £26,000 over a two year period.”
The man was charged with theft and fraud but, because there was no way of finding out which box came from which store and the fact that the supermarkets had written off the loss, the boxes remained with police.
“What we normally do is auction stolen items off that can’t be returned to their owners,” explains DC Tidd, “and the money is split between police and the Home Office but, on this occasion, Senior Command at Derbyshire Constabulary wanted to donate the items to charity.
“We asked around and the same four names kept coming up, namely Ashgate Hospice, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Nightingale ward at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital. We work very closely with the Royal, our liaison officer Adele Chapman-Jones, is based in the ED there on a regular basis and it was through her work that we managed to arrange for this to be delivered to the children on Nightingale.”
Play Team Specialist Nikki Hardwick said: “Some of these boxes cost a huge amount in the shops brand new so to be able to hand them out to our young patients on their birthday, to mark a special occasion or just to give them a boost works wonders in terms of their attitude to recovery. We’d like to thank Derbyshire Police and DC Tidd for considering this ward as part of their very generous donation.”