In a heartwarming demonstration of support for learning disability charity Kisharon, more than 3,000 donors have raised £1.3 million in just 36 hours.
The appeal total exceeded the expectations of organisers, who had set what they considered an ambitious target of bringing in £1 million to replace lost income from its cancelled annual dinner. The money will extend the period Kisharon can maintain operational services during government restrictions.
Chief executive Richard Franklin expressed himself "astounded, overwhelmed and in awe of just how generous our community has been over two short days.
"Without exception, everyone engaged in such a positive way. It has enabled the wonderful team I serve to have renewed hope for the first time in eight long hard weeks where over 25 per cent of our workforce - including myself - were Covid symptomatic and self-isolated.
"As a film buff, the last two days have been a Jewish version of It’s A Wonderful Life.”