The spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Midhurst despite the callous theft of charity money from elderly people at a sheltered housing scheme.
Father Christmas has visited Wells House and handed over cash to make up for the money stolen and at the same time launched an appeal to donate a Christmas hamper to the residents who had been left badly shaken and feeling vulnerable.
The festive spirit returned to Wells House after Cocking villager David Imlach read of the residents’ plight in the Observer.
“I was very moved by what had happened to them,” he told the Observer. “People must not be unhappy at Christmas and I felt really aggrieved that for such a small sum of money, there are people who can be so nasty and upset others who can’t fend so well for themselves.
“The residents of Wells House should be able to feel safe and looked after by the community.”
Full story in the Midhurst and Petworth Observer, December 8