Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 9°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Colchester: Darryl Stanley and Sacha Allen undeterred in their bid to fundraise for Essex County Hospital’s cancer ward

06:00 27 November 2012

Darryl Stanley and girlfriend Sacha Allen who have lead a Twitter campaign to raise money for Essex County Hospital

Darryl Stanley and girlfriend Sacha Allen who have lead a Twitter campaign to raise money for Essex County Hospital


WHEN thieves stole a flatscreen television and a DVD player from a cancer ward at Essex County Hospital, some may have lost faith in humanity.


But it was restored with interest yesterday when it emerged a generous Essex couple - inspired by seeing the story in the EADT - had lead an online campaign to replace the stolen items.

Darryl Stanley and his girlfriend Sacha Allen, whose relative died at the hospital over the summer, had £280 pledged in just two hours after launching the fundraising drive on Twitter on Sunday night.

But when they phoned the hospital yesterday to tell them of the money raised, they were told the East of England Co-operative Society had already stepped in to buy some replacements.

Mr Stanley, of Canterbury Road, Colchester, said he and Ms Allen would carry on fundraising and hand the money over to the hospital’s general funds.

Mr Stanley, 32, said he was delighted by the reaction from Twitter.

He added: “In terms of hardship and everyone scrambling for money it’s been a really warm response and very humbling.

“The campaign came after the article in the EADT and it’s been taken on by my girlfriend Sacha, who wanted to use Twitter to support the ward and see if we could do anything. Hearing about this robbery was very raw for her and she thought it was despicable.”

The theft from Jefferson Ward, which has 16 beds for cancer inpatients, was discovered last Wednesday.

Amanda Long, media officer at the East of England Co-operative Society said: “When we heard the shocking news that the TV and DVD player had been stolen, we got in touch to say we would replace them. A new TV and DVD player are on order, and we’ll be delivering it to the ward as soon as possible.

Donna Booton, Macmillan lead cancer nurse and matron at Essex County Hospital, said: “They have responded so quickly and generously, and we – and, I’m sure, the patients on Jefferson Ward – are touched by this donation.

“This story has touched many people and the hospital has received several offers of help, for which we’re grateful.

“We’re now considering these and how they can be used to the maximum benefit of patients on Jefferson Ward.”

To support the campaign visit

Related articles



Dr John Ashdown-Hill from Lawford is made an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.  Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

A historian who was instrumental in the discovery of Richard III’s remains has today been presented with an MBE.

Pedestrian rail crossing just off Mount Road, Bury St Edmunds.

Lifesaving police officers who pulled a drunk and suicidal man off the train tracks near Bury St Edmunds seconds before a train flew past are up for a national bravery award.

Broomhill Swimming Pool in Ipswich has received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. L-R: Robyn Llewellyn (head of Heritage Lottery Fund - East of England), Cllr Bryony Rudkin, Tim Mills, Garath Jones and Mark Ling.

Broomhill pool in Ipswich could reopen to the public at Easter 2018 – its 80th anniversary – after its re-opening proposals got the backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Average speed camera.

Average speed cameras on the A12 on the Essex and Suffolk border have not yet been switched on – three months after they were installed.

The Memorial Hall  in Drinkstone

The village of Drinkstone is remembering another of its fallen First World War soldiers with a special exhibition.

Georgia and Jodie Mutch have lost 8.5 stone between them after joining Slimming World. The sisters are pictured in Ipswich. Georgis is on left on the latest photo

Jodie Mutch and sister Georgia are celebrating new slim-line figures after losing five stone and three stone respectively.


Four unemployed mechanics turned van thieves who set up a secret “chop shop” to strip down stolen vehicles were foiled when satellite technology led police straight to the site.

Gainsborough's House.

One of the most powerful women in the fashion world is backing a bid to put Gainsborough’s birthplace on the map as a major national tourist attraction.

The woman was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital. Photo credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire


Police are investigating a crash which happened in Beccles yesterday lunchtime.

Thomas Harvey's winning entry in the Landguard Photography Competition 2015.

Stunning photographs of Suffolk’s most southerly point attracted big interest on-line with around 800 people voting for their favourite.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages