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Wisbech people pay tribute to former homeless woman

Wisbech homeless person Molly Watkins, pictured centre, has died. Over �200 has been raised by local people for a memorial.

Wisbech homeless person Molly Watkins, pictured centre, has died. Over �200 has been raised by local people for a memorial.

The people of Wisbech have raised more than £200 in memory of well-known Wisbech homeless person Molly Watkins.

The 87-year-old died in a Wisbech care home before Christmas and is to be buried in a pauper’s grave on Monday as she has no family.

The announcement on Facebook caused uproar with many people who remember Molly and immediately there were offers to donate money for a permanent memorial.

A decision on the memorial has not yet been made, but there have been suggestions of a rose bush or bench plaque in St Peter’s Gardens where Molly used to frequent.

Molly was a familiar sight. Despite having no children herself, she used to push a baby pram with a doll inside and later moved onto a pushchair.

Debbie Leet, who posted the original message, said Molly used to come up to her when she was out with her children and would always look in the pram to see them.

Molly was known for her love of children and many people recall receiving a card when they had a baby.

Simon Ward, from Ward Business Services Ltd, is co-ordinating the donations and said around £220 had been donated in less than 24 hours thanks to the Facebook campaign. More people have said they want to donate cash.

There are plans for people to go along to the cemetery on Monday afternoon and Simon will be there as well. He said he is happy to do a humanist prayer or a reading if people want him to, as there will not be a formal funeral carried out. Molly’s burial is due to take place around 2pm.

Details of how to donate to the fund can be found on the Ward Business Services website.

 

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