Saturday, 16 December 2017

Charity sale saved by people's kindness

A WOMAN says she has been overwhelmed by kindness since thousands of pounds worth of clothes she was due to sell for a children’s charity were stolen

A WOMAN says she has been overwhelmed by kindness since thousands of pounds worth of clothes she was due to sell for a children’s charity were stolen.

Charlotte Howard Mather, who lives off Fair Mile, Henley, has been inundated with donations so that she now has more clothes than she did before the theft two weeks ago.

She will have a stall at the Fawley Hill Steam and Vintage Festival, which takes takes places this weekend, selling clothes to raise money for the Thai Children’s Trust.

The 72-year-old retired actress said: “Every cloud has a silver lining. I have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of people.”

Ms Howard Mather discovered she had been burgled on May 3 when she opened her garage, where she kept the donated clothes, and found about a third of them had been taken along with a number of her own possessions.

The thieves targeted the most valuable items, making off with mostly designer goods and those made from expensive materials such as cashmere.

Ms Howard Mather said people were horrified after reading about what had happened on the front page of the Henley Standard two weeks ago.

“The story has gone far and wide,” she said. “There was the article in the Henley Standard, which was posted on the Henley Parents forum, and people also read my blog.

“I got a call from your reporter to say that someone had rung up asking to get in touch with me and I got some beautiful things from her.

“It was quite extraordinary — everybody knew about it and I got a massive amount of emails from people who said they would sort through their stuff again or from their friends saying they had stuff to donate.

"What one is trying to get across now is how kind and generous a place Henley is. People really do rally round in times like these, particularly for a children’s charity.

“I will be at Fawley Hill with banners and I will be saying thank you to people. What has happened restores one’s faith in humanity.”



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