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Donation ‘saved our Christmas’ say family

Joanne and Roger Cordock.  She had her bag stolen in Argos with �120 for presents in it.

Joanne and Roger Cordock. She had her bag stolen in Argos with �120 for presents in it.

A disabled grandmother has said her family’s Christmas has been saved thanks to a generous donation from a Bury St Edmunds Funeral firm.

Joanne Cordock, 45, of Pakenham, left her bag at Argos in Bury on December 13 when shopping for gifts with her disabled husband Roger, nephew David and friend Rosie.

When she went back to retrieve it a short time later the bag had been handed in - but £120 she had saved up for Christmas presents was missing. Joanne suffers from Fibromyalgia which causes pain across her body, means she has to use a wheelchair and causes problems with her memory.

Joanne said she feared Christmas would be ruined as she could no longer afford gifts for her family.

But Manager of Armstrongs Funeral Service, Nick Armstrong, who read about Joanne’s plight in the Bury Free Press, stepped in and generously donated £250 to give the family a special day.

Joanne said: “To us the £120 was an awful lot of money because we are living off disability benefits.

“We had a vision that it would be a ruined Christmas this year.

“But Nick Armstrong sent over the money with a balance transfer so we went out into town and grabbed a few bits and pieces.

“It saved our Christmas - we had a great day.

“Armstrongs helped us have a lovely Christmas and we would like to thank them for it.”

Nick said: “It was a horrible thing to happen to somebody - especially around Christmas.

“It is nice to be able to help people and I am glad to hear they had a good day.”

 

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