Couple show support for burgled Whittlesey church with ‘touching’ donation

Revd Nigel Whitehouse with Valerie and John Morris EMN-150627-001349009
Revd Nigel Whitehouse with Valerie and John Morris EMN-150627-001349009
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Generosity within the Whittlesey community was on full show last week after a donation was handed over to a church which had collection money stolen.

Valerie and John Morris re-imbursed St Mary’s Church in Station Road with the £100 it had stolen on Tuesday, June 9.

Church rector Nigel Whitehouse admitted he was very touched by the donation, particularly as Valerie and John, and family, are devoting their time to look after five-year-old Effie Hadman who has an incurable condition called Batten Disease, a disorder of the nervous system.

Mr Whitehouse said: “The donation was very gratefully received on behalf of St Mary’s Church. It was a nice supportive gesture from them and made even more significant because of what is going on with them.

“The break-in was bad but nothing compared to what is going on with their family.

“I was very touched to receive the donation.”

The money which was stolen came from donations made after two baptism collections, with the money then stored away.

The donation was made at the church last Friday evening and Reverend Whitehouse admitted he was “quite surprised” when he heard Valerie and John were willing to hand over £100.

Valerie said: “There has been a lot of fundraising for our granddaughter and we wanted to give something back.”