Mugged OAP thanks company for donation

A PENSIONER robbed while she collected money for Christian Aid has today thanked SnOasis after the company donated £200 to charity.Betty Calver, 75, was collecting with a friend in Freehold Road, Needham Market at around 6pm on Tuesday when she was approached from behind by a youth who grabbed her bag, dragging her to the ground in the process.

A PENSIONER robbed while she collected money for Christian Aid has today thanked SnOasis after the company donated £200 to charity.

Betty Calver, 75, was collecting with a friend in Freehold Road, Needham Market at around 6pm on Tuesday when she was approached from behind by a youth who grabbed her bag, dragging her to the ground in the process.

She received a cut to her head as well as bruises and grazes to her shoulder and leg as a result of the attack.

Mrs Calver also suffered serious shock as a result of the incident and was taken to Ipswich hospital where she received treatment.

When the managing director of Onslow Suffolk Ltd - the company behind SnOasis - heard of the attack, he donated £200 to Christian Aid and £20 to Mrs Calver to make up what was taken from her bag.

Mrs Calver said: "I feel strongly for Christian Aid so I'm delighted with the generous contribution.

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"I've been collecting money for the charity for a long time and I was concerned that Christian Aid might notice a drop in funds because of the attack. I was worried people might be put off collecting in future.

"But this is a nice donation that will be gratefully received."

Godfrey Spanner, managing director of Onslow Suffolk Ltd, said: "In the communities that we live in, you don't expect this sort of thing to happen.

"But perhaps with the development of SnOasis, it will give these young people something better to do and to think about. Hopefully, through SnOasis, these people can contribute more to the community.

"I heard about this story and I felt I wanted to help because I was saddened by it. Hopefully other businesses might contribute towards the cause. The Onslow group certainly will.

"Apart from making the donation of £200, we will make up any shortfall in money that has been lost."

The offender is described as a white male aged between 16 and 20. He is around 5ft 6ins and has a chiselled face with acne on his cheeks and the side of his jaw.

Anyone who recognises this description or who has information about the incident should call Dc Dan Connick at Suffolk police on 01473 613500. Calls can also be made to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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