Cambridgeshire nurse sees fundraiser smash target within 24 hours after bike stolen

A fundraiser launched to help nurse Ellie Watkins (pictured) replace her stolen bike smashed its tar

A fundraiser launched to help nurse Ellie Watkins (pictured) replace her stolen bike smashed its target within 24 hours. Picture: GOFUNDME/KERRY POOLEY - Credit: Archant

A fundraiser to help a Cambridgeshire nurse whose bike was stolen the day before her birthday has smashed its target within 24 hours.

Ellie Watkins, a critical care nurse at Royal Papworth Hospital, saw her bike stolen in Cambridge city centre last weekend, prompting her colleagues to help buy her a replacement.

Within a day of the GoFundMe page being launched, it surpassed the initial target of £300 and has now managed to raise over £450.

Ellie, one of hundreds of nurses at the hospital who has worked throughout the coronavirus pandemic, has received messages of support as colleagues aim to replace her bike, which has a white frame and brown seat.

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Writing on the GoFundMe page, Kerry Pooley, a senior critical care nurse, said: “She adores her bike and uses it every day to get to work. It’s her only form of transport.

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“I hope that as good community spirit we can raise some pennies so that Ellie can replace her beautiful bike.”

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