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Little girl donates pocket money after Hospice van stolen.
Tuesday 9th October 2018 @ 14:26 by Anna Fletcher
Community News

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice was inundated with messages of support after news of the theft of the Hospice van went viral on social media.

But staff were most taken by the actions of three-year-old Evalyn-Grace Leach.

Evalyn-Grace, whose grandad was cared for at the Hospice in 2017, donated £12.38 in pocket money – money she had been saving up to buy a Baby Annabelle doll.

She said she wanted the money to be used to “buy a new camper van”.

Pround parent Kimberley Leach said said: “We are so proud of how loving, kind and thoughtful Evalyn can be. Even though she is young, she is very aware of the feelings of others.

“Evalyn earns her pocket money by helping around the house and is working hard to buy a Baby Annabelle. She knows how important the work of Dr Kershaw’s is to poorly people as her Grandma Christine (Aspin) and Grandad Jeff (Leach) were both cared for there.

“When she heard about what had happened she replied ‘Well I will save two pennies and give the rest to Dr Kershaw’s to buy a new campervan’.”

The Hospice’s stolen van was eventually recovered 16 hours later on a housing estate in Rochdale.

David Whaley, Income Generation and Communications Manager at the Hospice said: “Evalyn-Grace’s knowledge of the Hospice belies her years and to see such generosity was very heartening for the team who were both shocked and angry that someone would target such a caring organisation in this way.”

The van, used to take collection of donations and to distribute goods around the five Hospice shops, was off the road for a few days whilst OMC Ford Oldham – who donated the vehicle – assessed the damage.