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Haverhill purse theft victim left ‘overwhelmed’ by donations




David Doughty, owner of The Gallery, hands a cheque for �75 to theft victim Julie Sawyer. Contributed picture ANL-151214-164949001
David Doughty, owner of The Gallery, hands a cheque for �75 to theft victim Julie Sawyer. Contributed picture ANL-151214-164949001

A woman who had her purse stolen after taking out £230 for Christmas shopping was ‘overwhelmed’ by a collection made on her behalf by a Haverhill businessman.

Julie Sawyer withdrew the money last Wednesday (9) and visited Iceland, Poundland and Thing-Me-Bobs in Haverhill before realising her purse had been stolen from her bag sometime between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

The 47-year-old suffers from brittle asthma and is unable to work and with her partner, Ray Culley, also unable to work since breaking his back, the pair only have £340 in benefits per fortnight on which to live.

Having just withdrawn most of that money for some Christmas shopping the mum-of-two was left in dire straits and has even had to visit Haverhill Foodbank for help.

David Doughty heard of her plight and knowing the family’s situation launched a collection at his Queen’s Square shop through Facebook, The Gallery Photography and Video Services.

Last Friday (11) he handed Julie, of Wratting Road in Haverhill, £75.

Julie said: “It’s just so touching. You just don’t think there are that many good people out there who don’t know you and who would randomly help you.

“I just want to say how grateful I am to everybody. I was just so overwhelmed.”

David added: “I wanted to help Julie as she was a customer and life for me is very good at the moment.

“I have raised money for good causes in the past and so am happy for people to use my shop as a central point should they wish to donate anything.

“I had a wide range of people donating, from a councillor to a young lad who put in some coins after seeing my post on Facebook.

“This is a great town and I get annoyed if people that live here put it down.

“Unfortunately incidents like this do happen , but they happen in every town.”



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