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Last week’s Lochaber Times reported on the success of eight-year-old Donnie Monk’s campaign to raise money for Oxfam, by walking 20,000 steps a day over the Easter Holidays – but there was one more surprise in store for the altruistic youngster this week.
After the article a few more kind donations came in, taking the total raised to £1,006. However, the last donation left Donnie, from Caol, and his family stunned. The message read: ‘Donnie, I read about you in the newspaper.
‘Oxfam is such a great organisation. Thank you for raising money for it, and with such a big smile. I doubled what you have raised. I hope that’s OK.’
The anonymous donation matched every penny Donnie had raised, taking his campaign total to £2,012.
Mum Donna Monk said: ‘When I saw the notification come through I assumed it was an error, as I knew the total on the page had been £1,006, so when I clicked the link and my husband and I realised it wasn’t a mistake – that someone had actually donated that amount – we were gobsmacked.’
‘I just couldn’t believe how generous and humble this anonymous person was. When we told Donnie he was so amazed and almost lost for words.’
‘Donnie would like to say the biggest thank you to this person and so would we, your generosity has really touched us.’
The fundraising page is still open at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/donnie-monk.