A Peterborough firm saved the day for a group of volunteers who thought their annual Christmas lunch would be cancelled when the money they had collected to pay for the meal was stolen.
Insurance firm BGL Group came to the rescue when the 45 volunteers, who regularly give up their free time to help patients and staff at Peterborough City Hospital, had collected over £700 for a Christmas meal at the Quality Hotel, Thorpe Meadows, on December 10.
However, the money, and the lockable box it was held in, were taken from an office in the hospital at the end of November.
Bo Turner, volunteer co-ordinator for the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We were absolutely shocked to think so much money had been taken.
“It is so sad to think that people who work for the trust for free have been targeted in this way.”
Police are investigating the theft.