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Lost Property Cash Helps Tunbridge Wells Cancer Centre
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Lost Property Cash Helps Tunbridge Wells Cancer Centre
Cash raised by Kent Police from the sale of unclaimed lost property has been handed to a charity drop-in cancer centre in Tunbridge Wells.

Tunbridge Wells Chief Inspector Dave Pate, along with retired Detective Chief Inspector John Delieu, attended the Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre in Monson Road in October to hand over a cheque for £500.

The cash will go towards helping the centre, run entirely by volunteers, renovate and expand.

Mr Delieu, who retired as a serving officer in 2004 but now works in Kent Police’s firearms licensing department, said: ‘Every year we raise a considerable amount of money for charity by auctioning off unclaimed lost property. Kent Police staff and officers are then able to suggest good causes which should benefit and, as my wife volunteers at the centre in Tunbridge Wells and they do such a good job, I had to put them forward.

‘People who have cancer experience ups and downs, just like it is portrayed on TV, and the centre is wonderful in providing massages, counselling or just somewhere to go for a cup of tea and a chat.’ Picking Centre volunteer Polly Taylor said: ‘It costs us £45,000 a year to run the centre so we rely on fundraising and donations like this. All the services we offer are free to all and compliment the medical care people get in hospital. ‘

Chief Insp Pate said: ‘Kent Police is delighted to be able to help causes such as this. I was really impressed with the volunteers at the centre and the inspiring work they do to help the community.’

The most common lost property items handed in at police station front counters in Kent are small electronics such as tablet computers, cameras, smartphones and e-Readers which have often been found in parks or car parks. Keys, purses and wallets, passports and other identification are often found in town centres on weekends.

More unusual items handed in at Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells Police Stations recently include umbrellas, clothing, number plates and a bag of golf clubs. Dozens of items are successfully reunited with their rightful owners in West Kent each week, with only those where an owner cannot be identified being handed to a third party for auction.