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Busker Madison Glinski helps replace stolen collection

Madison Glinski Image copyright Terrassa Glinski
Image caption Madison Glinski raised £34,000 for charity last year

A 10-year-old busker who raised £34,000 for charity is helping to replace cash which was stolen from a funeral costs collection.

Madison Glinski is helping the family of Julie Patterson after nearly £300 for her funeral was stolen from the Country Arms pub in Truro, Cornwall.

Mother-of-two Mrs Patterson, 49, from Truro died on 27 January from pneumonia.

Madison said she felt "saddened" by the theft.

The County Arms, where Mrs Patterson had worked, started a collection to cover the funeral costs and help her children.

Madison 'absolutely brilliant'

But the bucket containing the cash was stolen on 3 February, police confirmed.

Chef Adam Stone, who organised the collection, called it a "terrible thing".

"Julie was very popular," he said. "Madison has been absolutely brilliant, it's really touched my heart."

Madison's mother, Terrasa Glinksi who was a friend of Mrs Patterson, said: "When she heard that the money had been stolen her immediate reaction was, 'we need to do something about this'. She gets pleasure out of doing it."

Madison, who was busking at Tesco in Truro on Saturday, said: "My mum was sad so I decided to pick up my violin and go and busk somewhere to help raise funds for the funeral."

She is also hoping this year to increase the amount she raised for the Little Harbour Children's Hospice South West to £50,000.

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