Norwich mum-of-three left ‘heartbroken’ after clothes stolen from homeless appeal
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A campaigner from Thorpe St Andrew, who launched a clothes rail appeal for the homeless last weekend, has been left devastated after hundreds of items donated to her 'share the warmth winter coat drive' were stolen overnight on Saturday from Norwich city centre.
Mum-of-three Kimmy Jayne Taylor started the homeless appeal on Sunday January 29 and asked people to hang winter clothes on a rail she had put up on White Lion Street, Norwich.
She had been inundated with hundreds of items both left at the rail and outside her home.
However, on Sunday morning she discovered that the clothes had been stolen.
Both clothes rails had been cleared along with four large tubs, which included £100 worth of new hats, gloves and scarves and 50 brand new jumpers.
Mrs Taylor said: 'I got a call on Sunday morning telling me to come to the rail straight away as someone had stolen everything.
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'I was in tears all afternoon I couldn't speak to anyone - I was heartbroken. I'd put my heart and soul into it. My parents Vanessa and Derek had just gone on to the internet to purchase 30 brand new sleeping bags.'
Mrs Taylor is convinced the clothes weren't taken by a homeless person as they have become very protective of the rail.
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She added: 'We've met 90 per cent of the homeless in Norwich and they are so supportive of what we are doing and have been protecting us from hate and sticking up for us.'
Local people are urging Kimmy not to give up on her appeal with NR1 appliances on Hall Road offering £50 cash to buy new garments and Hatters mens clothing shop, also on White Lion Street, have said they will sponsor a market stall.
Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Police on 101 with reference number 132/06022017