Community rallies to replace stolen funds

The concert last month.

The concert last month.

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Almost £2,500 raised for hospice after charity concert theft.

Organisers of St Hilda’s Festival Chorus concert have expressed their thanks after people rallied to help replace funds stolen from a recent charity concert.

A Last Night of the Proms event was held on Saturday, November 19 to raise funds for St Catherine’s Hospice, but a police investigation was launched after reports that up to £900 was stolen.

The alleged theft sparked outrage and many people within the Whitby community and beyond have contacted the organisers to offer donations to help replace the missing money.

A series of generous offers raised an initial £1,700, before the committee set up a Just Giving page, which has fundraised a further £715, with a combined total of £2,415.

Speaking about the reaction from members of the public, committee member for St Hilda’s Festival Chorus, David Higgins said: “Members of St Hilda’s Festival Chorus are so very grateful to all these generous people who have come to our aid when many of us were in the depths of despair.

“The result has been truly fantastic which restores our faith in human nature.”

A link to the Just Giving page can be found at the St Hilda’s Festival Chorus website: www.sthildaschorus.co.uk

The page is open for donations until December 31.