Wisbech hospital overwhelmed with Christmas decorations after theft

Staff at the North Cambs Hospital in Wisbech with the donated decorations to replace those stolen. ANL-141219-160111009
Staff at the North Cambs Hospital in Wisbech with the donated decorations to replace those stolen. ANL-141219-160111009

Staff at North Cambridgeshire Hospital say their faith in human nature has been restored after being inundated with Christmas decorations to replace ones stolen from their tree.

Patients were left disappointed after yobs stole decorations and wrecked lights on the 12ft Christmas tree at the Wisbech site.

But generous Fenland Citizen readers have proved that this is the season of goodwill by donating more than eight boxes and bags of baubles and other Christmas decorations.

Now the tree is once again looking its best to add good cheer for patients, staff and visitors to the site.

Hospital support manager Mandy Pears has thanked the community for rallying behind the team.

She said: “We have had an overwhelming response from the local community.

“It has been amazing and it does restore your faith in human nature.

“This is a nice display for patients and staff.

“It also encourages staff to know that the local community are behind their hospital.”

Friends of Wisbech Hospital had paid more than £150 for the tree and its decorations to add festive cheer.

The tree was stripped of its decorations and a set of lights wrecked during the raid over the weekend of December 13 and 14.

Hospital staff believe the thieves had returned to try to take the second set of lights on the tree as these were found on the floor.

Luckily the lights are still working and have been returned to their rightful place.

Staff are also checking CCTV to find footage of the thieves.

Vice-chairman of the Friends of Wisbech Hospital, Malcolm Bruce is thrilled with the donations given in the days after the theft.

He said: “I would like to thank the local people.

“They appreciate their local hospital and what the Friends do to keep it running. I am thrilled.”