Thieves targeted a charity-run play area used by children who are battling cancer at Leeds General Infirmary.
Laptops and DVD equipment were stolen from the pavilion, which is operated by Candlelighters, next to the children’s cancer ward.
The charity declined to comment on the incident yesterday, but staff posted a message on Facebook – and even apologised for the loss of the kit.
It said: “A sad day at Candlelighters we now have to replace four laptops and a DVD player in our pavilion. Stolen some time in the past few days.
“We love being able to make the stay in hospital a little easier for our families, so please accept our apologies and we will fix it very soon.”
The message prompted outrage.
John Lundy wrote: “Cannot believe that people would steal from a kids’ cancer ward and cancer charity, let alone one that is so closely involved with helping families.”
Claire Worrall added: “This is shocking. Bad enough stealing from anyone but sickening when it’s from hospitals.”
The pavilion was officially opened in 2013 by young patient Alfie Connor, whose family’s fundraising contributed almost half the £300,000 cost.
Phil Kay, whose son is on the teenage cancer ward at LGI, told the Yorkshire Evening Post it was “diabolical” that someone could steal from youngsters with the disease.
He said: “What’s scary is that you couldn’t break into that area without knowing who you were stealing from.
“I know people are driven to do desperate things, but you have got to be heartless to be capable of something like this.”
Insp Richard Clarke, of the city neighbourhood policing team, said last night that positive lines of enquiry were being investigated.