Donations totalling more than £5,200 poured into our Thorpe Hall Hospice from as far afield as New Zealand following publication on this website of an open letter to the person who stole the hospice’s donation box over the festive season.
Staff have been "overwhelmed" by the response to the open letter they penned to the person who stole the box from our hospice’s reception on Christmas Day morning.
The letter reached around half a million Facebook and Twitter users, and was picked up by media across the country.
Donations came from youngsters' paper round through to local businesses
Donations poured in from sympathetic supporters and others made a special trip to the hospice to hand over cash.
Among more than 100 donations was £25 from two young girls who handed over the wages from their paper round; £125 from a golf club’s impromptu whip-round during a New Year competition; and £500 from worshippers at Peterborough Mosque.
Businesses and groups got involved too and other supporters have set themselves money-spinning challenges – Daniel Selcraig has already booked his skydive in May and raised £170 sponsorship in just two days!
"The kindness we've been showered with has bowled us over"
"All of us here were upset at the theft of the donation box," says Hospice Director Allison Mann, "but the kindness we've been showered with since has bowled us over. We’ve received so many lovely messages of support, donations and promises to help that we’ve struggled to keep up with it all!
"We really can’t thank our community enough for their response."
Thorpe Hall Hospice provides care and support to people who are dying from conditions such as cancer, heart failure and lung disease, and their loved ones both at the hospice and in the community.
This year, it will cost £3.3 million to provide the hospice’s services; £2.3 million of which has to be fundraised. Money left in the donation box by visitors is just one of the ways people are able to contribute to that total.
"Every penny we receive is so important because it helps us provide the care our patients need at the most difficult time of their lives," Allison adds.
Cambridgeshire police are investigating the theft.