Christmas present donations for Big Issue seller stabbed in Peterborough

Donations have been made to a Big Issue seller who was stabbed and lost his possessions in Peterborough last month.

Sunday, 27th December 2020, 5:00 am

The victim in his 50s was taken to hospital after the incident in Paynels, Orton Goldhay, on the evening of November 10 which saw his Big Issue bag and quilt taken.

Among the sentimental items inside the bag was a Christmas gift for his granddaughter India.

Many were touched by the story, including city charity Family Voice Peterborough which is based at the Goldhay Centre, close to where the stabbing took place.

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The scene following the stabbing in Paynels

Staff and volunteers felt compelled to help out after hearing about the shocking incident near their offices and contacted a relative of the victim to arrange a donation of toys for all of the victim’s grandchildren, as well as a food parcel.

The charity helps to improve the lives of children and young people with disabilities or additional needs, and forum coordinator Jan Mead said: “We donated toys for all of his grandchildren and a food parcel - and apparently so did Barnardo’s, the food bank and other organisations.

“According to the reception manager where he is staying now he is a very popular man!

“He could not believe the amount of stuff FVP donated.”

Among the items taken after the stabbing was an Indian crafted shoulder bag that was a gift from India for the victims’ seven-year-old granddaughter who is called India.