South West Wales

Brooke Keesmat's £500 wig fund stolen in Milford Haven

Police appeal for help after thieves deliberately target a £500 charity collection to buy a wig for a young girl with a health condition.

Dyfed-Powys Police say the money was stolen from Brooke Keesmat's family home in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire.

Her mother planned to buy a wig for the four-year-old who has a condition which causes baldness.

Det Sgt Geoff Asson said: "Those responsible were only interested in taking this much-needed money."

Brooke, who lives on the town's Mount estate, suffers from ectodermal dysplasia which causes baldness as well as a number of other health problems.

Her mother Kirsty said: "It's upsetting to think that someone has been in our home, but it's more upsetting that this money was raised to help Brooke have a better quality of life.

"As she gets older, her appearance is important to her, this wig would have changed her life. We are devastated."

Earlier this year comedian Rhod Gilbert took part in an event to help raise £1,500 for the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides a service to children suffering hair loss during cancer treatment and other illnesses.

The £500 stolen was intended to purchase a custom made wig for Brooke.

The theft occurred at Larch Road on Tuesday between 12:30 and 17:30 BST.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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