Knipfest hit hard as charity cash raised looks set to replace stolen generator

The generator stolen from Belvoir Cricket Club in Knipton following Knipfest.

The generator stolen from Belvoir Cricket Club in Knipton following Knipfest.

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Money donated by generous festival-goers may be wiped out by the cost of replacing a hired generator stolen after Knipfest.

Organisers of the annual music festival, held in aid of Cancer Research UK and Grantham Hospice, are devastated by the theft of the uninsured piece of equipment.

Belvoir Castle is a stunning backdrop to Knipfest 2013.

Belvoir Castle is a stunning backdrop to Knipfest 2013.

It was taken from outside the clubhouse at Belvoir Cricket Club, where the event was held, on Sunday night.

John Copley is one of the event organisers. He said: “We raised about £8,000 and the generator is worth about £8,000. It means all that hard work was for nothing.”

John, whose late wife died from cancer and is the reason Knipfest was born, is making a heartfelt plea to whoever took the red Mosa generator (pictured) to return it to ensure the funds raised during Knipfest can go to the cancer charities.

Phil Noon is on the committee alongside John. He said: “The organisers are gutted that the profits of the event will be spent on a replacement generator and would appeal to anybody with any information come forward.”

The diesel-powered piece of kit was stolen on Sunday night following a day of clearing up by the festival committee and helpers. It was due to be collected on Monday - but was discovered to be missing.

** Anyone with information is urged to call Leicestershire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.