Thief steals Wii for sick children

Pictured (L-R) are Dena-Jo Whitfield, 11, and Gracie Pitkin, 4.
Pictured (L-R) are Dena-Jo Whitfield, 11, and Gracie Pitkin, 4.
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DETECTIVES want to trace a ‘cold hearted’ hospital visitor who stole a computer games console from sick children.

A Nintendo Wii, worth £200, was donated to the children’s ward at Doncaster Royal Infirmary to help youngsters recovering from serious illnesses.

However, staff, patients and their parents were left stunned when they discovered a callous criminal had taken the console.

Security staff at DRI have been unable to trace the culprit because there is no CCTV on the ward, so Doncaster police are investigating.

Some of the children have been questioned in case they saw anything suspicious - but there is no suggestion one of them stole the equipment.

Jim Whitfield, the father of an 11-year-old patient Dena-Jo who was being treated for a whooping cough, was so disgusted by the act that he offered to replace the Wii at his own expense.

“I was told that not half an hour before I arrived, a nurse had thought that with quite a few children on the hospital ward, they would get the Wii out for them to play on, and maybe forget for a while that they are poorly and are in hospital,” said the Edenthorpe dad.

“To my dismay I was then told that someone visiting on the ward had stolen the Wii.

“How can anyone be as cold hearted as to deprive children of some fun while being ill? You don’t expect someone visiting hospital to be so unscrupulous.

“Dena-Jo didn’t get a chance to play on it, and luckily she’s got one at home, but she wasn’t happy about it.”

Jim’s firm, The Roof Doctor, has offered to buy a new Wii for the ward.

The hospital said it was a ‘lovely’ gesture and has asked for help from the public in tracing the thief.

The game was donated by a theatre company whose members visit the ward to perform for patients.

Andrea Bliss, matron for children’s services at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are really sad that a Nintendo Wii worth £200 was taken from Doncaster Royal Infirmary’s children’s ward.

“The Wii was very popular and really helped to reduce the anxiety children feel when they come into hospital.”

Anyone with information about the theft, believed to have taken place on the afternoon of Monday, April 16, should contact sister Julie Jackson on the children’s ward on 01302 553 103. People can also call the police on 101 quoting incident number 549 of April 17.