Witchford’s post mistress has been overwhelmed by the kindness shown by villagers since a heartless thief stole charity boxes from inside the shop.
The whole village has rallied together to show their incredible community spirit – raising almost £800 in just 48 hours, more than five times the money thought to have been inside the four charity boxes.
Shelley Davies, who runs the post office, has been blown away by the support and outpouring of love and support she’s received since the cruel theft happened on Tuesday.
“After one of the worst things that has happened in my shop for 12 years, one of the most amazing things happened.”
Unknown to Shelley, locals Jemma Tyler and Phil Speed had set up two separate Just Giving sites to replace the stolen cash.
Within 48 hours £748 had been raised – and people keep coming into the shop to hand in donations.
Shelley said: “Money came in from all walks of life, teenagers I have know for years were horrified and handed over £5 of their own money, local businesses were amazing. Martin of Digital Creations, Graham Mayle, Eel Catchers Daughter Barbs Cakes to name a few.
“Our social club, new customers, customers who have been in for years, the local traveller community and people I didn’t even recognise!
“You are all such amazing people. Customers? No, FRIENDS and it just goes to show that when we all stand together, good reigns over bad!”
The village’s online notice board has been flooded with messages of support for Shelley.
Sharon Mann said that it was about more than replacing the money stolen from worthwhile causes.
“We felt that the person affected most was you… You are the victim here, your trust in us and our friendships.
“This is why everyone has come together. To put the trust and faith into someone we all love so dearly.
“I am so proud of our village.”
The causes affected were Witchford Rackham Pre-School and charities supporting breast cancer victims, guide dogs and blind people.