Billy Lee collection tin stolen from Wisbech hairdresser

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Callous thieves have stolen a collection tin for the Billy Lee appeal during a break-in at a Wisbech hairdressers.

Staff and customers at 11 The Crescent have been supporting the appeal to buy a new prosthetic leg and its regular servicing for Wisbech St Mary man Billy.

But the tin was stolen during the break-in which happened between Saturday evening and Monday morning.

Billy’s mum Rebecca, who is also known as Bex, said: “People have been really generous in supporting the appeal by putting donations in the tin. To break into a shop is bad enough but to take the tin is awful.

“We only have 40 tins because it costs so much to buy so to lose one like this is horrible.”

Mrs Lee is also advising people that the Billy Lee appeal is not licenced for street collections.

Joanne Bailey, who is a hairdresser at 11 The Crescent, says thieves forced their way through the back door and have stolen GHD hair straighteners along with the collection tin.

Miss Bailey said: “Customers have been putting in donations and tips into the tin to support the appeal and it is horrid that someone has just taken it.”

The appeal reached the £70,000 mark a few weeks ago, which covers the cost of a new Helix 3d leg for Billy, but fundraising is continuing. They need to raise an additional £37,000 to cover servicing of the leg.

Surgeons amputated Billy’s right leg in January after he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.