Stricken shop’s offers of help

PUBLISHED: 11:22 18 October 2007 | UPDATED: 12:57 04 May 2010

Ely Standard reporter Catherine Atkinson presents Branching Out with the £500 from an anonymous donor. From left to right are: Catherine Atkinson, Branching Out manager Susan Wiggans, with workers Susan Flack, Anne Brinkhurst, Karen Conviver, Paul Harriso

Ely Standard reporter Catherine Atkinson presents Branching Out with the £500 from an anonymous donor. From left to right are: Catherine Atkinson, Branching Out manager Susan Wiggans, with workers Susan Flack, Anne Brinkhurst, Karen Conviver, Paul Harriso

WELL-WISHERS from all over East Cambridgeshire have been lending a helping hand to Littleport charity Branching Out after the Ely Standard reported the charity s double break-in last week. A female pensioner, who told the Ely Standard she wished to remai

Susan Wiggans with Reg Young, director of Bartrams, Branching Out shop assistant Linda Norman and Niki Brown, training manager.

WELL-WISHERS from all over East Cambridgeshire have been lending a helping hand to Littleport charity Branching Out after the Ely Standard reported the charity's double break-in last week.

A female pensioner, who told the Ely Standard she wished to remain anonymous, came in to our reception on Friday and handed over £500 for Branching Out. Workers at the charity shop on Main Street were delighted when the Ely Standard turned up with the cash.

Now a Sutton-based homecare and mobility company has also stepped in to replace the cash lost during the burglary.

Bartrams director Reg Young presented the charity with a £120 cheque on Tuesday afternoon.

And security company First Call are in talks with the general manager to install more security systems. Manager Susan Wiggans said they used to have a security camera but after the roof leaked onto it they could not afford to replace it.

She said: "We are absolutely thrilled to be back on track. The students and shop assistants loved it and even customers were jostling to get in the photo.

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