Huge donation for appeal
A BUMPER donation collected in little more than a fortnight has today provided a huge boost to the Somebody's Daughter memorial fund.A staggering £1,004
A BUMPER donation collected in little more than a fortnight has today provided a huge boost to the Somebody's Daughter memorial fund.
A staggering £1,004.20 has been added to the spiralling total thanks to the sterling efforts of staff at a petrol station located within a mile of where the bodies of three of the victims of the Suffolk killings were discovered.
Workers at the Sainsbury's Warren Heath garage placed a bucket next to the tills after the appeal was launched and they were stunned at the generosity of their customers.
Cashier Jill Willmott came up with the fundraising idea because of the close proximity of the discoveries of Anneli Alderton, Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls in Nacton and Levington.
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She said: “It seemed right that we should do something and we thought the appeal touched the moment.
“We have seen a lot of activity because it happened so near to us. The police have been into the petrol station to buy sandwiches.
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“And customers have commented on the closeness of what has happened.
“It's really affected people and it's been quite sombre here.
“Most of us have daughters, so this has appeal has struck a chord. We hope our daughters would be able to get help if they were ever in that situation.
“We need to help people to ensure they don't have to go through what those five women did.”
The fund, run in conjunction with Ipswich Borough Council, has been created with a mandate of helping vulnerable young people in Ipswich.
Caroline Stafford, petrol manager, said very few customers had not donated.
She said: “We have been really surprised at how generous people have been.
“The bucket has only been here for two-and-a-half weeks.
“Most people have at least left their loose change or actually made the effort to go out of their way to put money in.
“There have been bank notes thrown into the bucket as well.”
If you would like to request a Somebody's Daughter appeal poster, contact reporter Josh Warwick on 01473 324840 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org