Heart-warming support after Ivy Joan charity raffle in Bury St Edmunds targeted by thieves
A charity raffle for a cause close to its organiser’s heart was given heart-warming support after thieves stole prizes.
Hayley Peters, who organises regular Ivy Joan Makers Markets at the Unitarian Meeting House, in Bury St Edmunds, was devastated to discover two prizes – a bottle of gin and hamper of jams– had been stolen during the four-day Christmas Fayre market.
However, after sharing news of the theft on social media, she was inundated with donations and there was a flurry of raffle ticket sales.
Pink Pepper replaced the stolen bottle of gin and The Tealady donated another hamper of jams, while Nick Armstrong, of Armstrong’s Funeral Services, and Art by Frithy made cash donations.
Hayley said: "When I realised the prizes had been stolen I was incredibly angry, especially because it was a charity that was special to us. I was upset as well because the businesses which had donated were small businesses.
"But I was blown away by how much support we received afterwards. We had people from out of the area asking if they could donate. In the end it worked out really well."
As a result, £770 was raised for Tommy’s, which funds research into stillbirth, premature birth and miscarriage.
The next Ivy Joan Makers Market is on April 6.