Laptop stolen

PUBLISHED: 02:01 02 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:06 10 June 2010

A WITHYCOMBE woman is appealing to a burglar who stole her laptop computer to return a charity fundraising programme. Noreen Collins, who had her Withycombe home broken into while she was in the property, desperately wants a Power Point presentation from

A WITHYCOMBE woman is appealing to a burglar who stole her laptop computer to return a charity fundraising programme.Noreen Collins, who had her Withycombe home broken into while she was in the property, desperately wants a Power Point presentation from her computer returned.Noreen, a practice nurse, uses the computer presentation to raise vital funds for a clinic in Kenya which she and two other nurses set up and now finance.She regularly uses the presentation to give talks to local groups and organisations in East Devon to raise awareness and support for the Buburi Centre.Noreen said the Power Point programme was more important than the computer. She said she was happy to receive the presentation burned onto a disk - no questions asked."I am just so sad I have lost the photographs. It will be no good to anyone else," she said. "I don't care about the computer. I care about the Power Point presentation, because I can't get that back."I use it for fundraising. When people ask me to talk about the clinic I show them the presentation and raise money in this way - which goes straight to the clinic.""The people we treat are desperately poor. They are from a farming community and have no money."The African clinic relies on voluntary donations and provides vital healthcare for people who are too poor to fund their own medical treatment.Children under five receive free treatment - with over 95 per cent suffering from malaria.Noreen, who recently spent three months in Kenya helping at the clinic, said the presentation was paramount to the fund-raising efforts."Myself and two colleagues run this clinic," she said. "We pay the wages of two staff nurses and when we go out there we teach the nurses new skills."Noreen believes the burglar gained access to her home through unlocked patio doors - stealing her laptop computer, handbag and purse.If you know where Noreen's Power Point presentation is, return it to the Journal office, 1 Exeter Road - no questions asked - and we will pass it on.

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