Parrot cash flies in

A TRIO of kindhearted individuals have rallied in support of a popular parrot who raises money for charity.

Mr Magoo, who perches on the wall in front of his owner’s house at the southern end of the High Street in Aldeburgh, poses for pictures with visitors and residents in exchange for a donation to the RNLI.

Earlier this week it emerged that thieves had stolen the charity box chained to his wall – making off with around �100.

But now a trio of individuals – including one man from near Bury St Edmunds who wishes to remain anonymous – have each agreed to replace the missing cash.

It means the RNLI is set to receive a donation of �300, much to the delight of Mr Magoo’s owner Diana Lovell-Pank.

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“I would like to say a huge thank-you to everyone who has come forward,” she said. “It is extremely kind.

“It is wonderful that there are some decent people about and it has restored my faith. I am simply delighted.”

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Among those who have sent a donation is Miles Alvis, general sales manager of Lookers Volvo in Colchester.

“I have a long-standing relationship with Diana – she bought a car from us many years ago,” he said. “I just saw the piece in the paper and thought we should help out and support the community.

“I have met Mr Magoo and he does a fantastic job raising money for an incredibly important cause.”

Robin Fournel, of Fournel Jewellers, which has shops in Aldeburgh and Southwold, has also given a donation of �100.

“It was a dreadful theft,” he said. “Mrs Lovell-Pank and Mr Magoo do a wonderful job in aid of the RNLI and it is a horrendous thing that has happened.

“When I read about it I was only too happy to help.”

Police are still investigating the theft, which is believed to have happened between 10pm on Friday and 6am on Saturday.

Anyone who thinks they might be able to help is asked to call Sgt Mark Beresford on 01473 613500.

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