March fund raiser delighted by mystery donation as she prepares to sell mulled wine on second charity stall

PUBLISHED: 15:49 14 December 2010

Debbie Smith with the letter addressed to Debbie Smith, March, Cambs

Debbie Smith with the letter addressed to Debbie Smith, March, Cambs

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A DETERMINED March fund raiser has received a mystery £50 donation from a woman who read of her struggle to serve mulled wine on a Help the Heroes charity stall.

Debbie Smith, 33, who will hold her second charity stall on Saturday, was mystified when the cheque dropped through the door - signed by a woman named only as a ‘Miss Whip’ from Swindon.

It had managed to reach the fund raiser, despite only being addressed to Debbie Smith, March, Cambs. An enclosed note read: “To Postman or sorting office, please help me find Debbie Smith, for Help the Heroes.”

“I just think it’s so nice,” said Mrs Smith. “The letter really touched me - it’s given me even more motivation to raise money.

“It shows how much people care for the charity and it shows that there’s some very generous people out there.

“I think I have raised nearly £2,000 in total and hopefully that will go up even more on Saturday - where it will be great to finally serve the mulled wine.

“What I’d like to get across is that even on Christmas Day there will be still be lots of our soliders in Afghanistan fighting for us.”

Mrs Smith’s attempts to serve mulled wine at her first charity stall last Saturday were foiled by licensing laws.

But Fenland District Council provided the fund raiser with another stall, ensuring she had all the paperwork to sell the drink at the second opportunity.

“I’m really chuffed with the massive support I have got in March,” said Mrs Smith. “I couldn’t do it without the people supporting me like they have.”

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