Thieves target ‘haunted house’ charity fundraiser (Video)

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The ‘haunted house’ is raising funds for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital / Credit: JMU Journalism

A house decorated for Halloween to raise money for charity has been flooded with donations following an attempted theft.

The ‘haunted house’ in Anfield has been transformed with gargoyles, life size vampires and evil clowns while at night it features holographic ghosts in the windows and other supernatural beings.

The house has attracted lots of attention, with the owner accepting donations from passers-by to raise money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.  However, some attention has been unwanted.

CCTV footage of an attempted theft of the charity box placed outside the house sparked a horrified reaction when owner Katie Griffiths uploaded it to Facebook.

She said: “They came at 10 o’clock in the morning and tried to break the gargoyles mouth by sticking their hand through it. Luckily they had chains on them to keep them secure.

“They tried to take some lanterns, which don’t cost anything. But to make it worse they tried to steal the charity box, but they got away with nothing.”

I can’t actually believe these two people! Not only have they damaged are props they have also tried to rob a charity box for alderhey how can you stoop that low 😬

Posted by Katie Griffiths on Friday, 9 October 2020

The Domingo Grove house, which has been expanding its Halloween decoration collection for four years, now attracts visitors from far and wide.

Elizabeth Barrow from Wavertree said: “I think it’s such a nice thing to do for charity. The house looks great especially with the lights and the sound effects on. I know if I was still a kid it would be something I’d love.”

Mother-of-two Katie said:  “I decided to do this because there’s a woman in Norris Green that does it and she’s finished this year. She normally does it for Alder Hey and I didn’t want them to lose out on any donation money that they normally get.

“I’ve also done it for everyone that has come into contact with Alder Hey at any point in their life, or their child’s life.

“We don’t know how much we’ve raised yet as it all goes into a sealed bucket. Come November 1st it’ll all be counted and taken straight to them.”

Alder Hey Children’s Charity has recently launched its first ever television advert to boost donations to make up a fundraising shortfall caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. They have an estimated loss of £1.2m due to cancellations and postponements.

You can donate to Alder Hey HERE.

To visit the haunted house take a walk along St Domingo Grove, Anfield, L5 6RS. You can’t miss it!

 

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