A HEAD TEACHER was left in a state of 'terrible shock' after cash raised to support pupils at St Oswald's Catholic Primary School was stolen.

Helen Lennon described the discovery as a 'devastating blow' after around £400 was stolen from the school on Padgate Lane on Sunday during the Christmas Fair.

The fundraiser, which was open from 11am to 3pm, had been organised by The Friends of St Oswald’s to raise much-needed funds for the school.

Ms Lennon said: "During the afternoon we discovered a substantial amount of money collected had been stolen at some point that day – approximately £400.

"It was a terrible shock and a devastating blow to all.

"The crime was reported to the police on Sunday and I strongly appeal to anyone who has information that may help the police with their investigations to please contact myself at the school in confidence or Cheshire Police directly.

"I cannot express strongly enough the upset that this theft has caused knowing that someone has entered our lovely school building and welcoming community and stolen money intended for the good of our children.

"It is a disgraceful, despicable and desperate crime which has shocked our school family and our wonderful community."

A Just Giving page has been set up to recover the value of the stolen money.

So far more than £450 has been raised thorough generous donations.

Ms Lennon added: "I have already been overwhelmed in this short time by very kind and generous offers from people wanting to help in some way towards recovering the value of the stolen money.

"The reaction from our school community is uplifting and very special and it is this generous and united spirit which makes our school so wonderful."

Donations can also be sent directly to the school.

To donate click here or any information can be reported to Cheshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.