THOUSANDS of pounds has been raised for a popular delivery driver who lost her job after her van was stolen.
People living in Waverley set up a fundraising page to support Sue Archer, who delivered parcels across Sheffield and Rotherham on behalf of Hermes.
Sue’s van was stolen in Waverley on May 4 and there was an outpouring of support in the village, where Sue has been delivering goods for at least five years.
That support increased when it was revealed that since the theft Sue no longer delivered on behalf of Hermes.
Waverley resident Matt Rimmington, who set up the page, initially set the target at £200 but had to raise the bar after a flood of donations.
The kind-hearted community has now raised more than £2,000 in support of Sue, who has shown her gratitude to the community by leaving a bunch of flowers on a bench (pictured, below).
Matt said: “Sue has been my delivery driver for at least five years and everyone in Waverley knows her.
“I set up the fundraising page just to help her out.
“I heard about Sue losing her job last Tuesday and a lot of residents have tried to email her employer to try to get a response from them.”
In an email seen by the Advertiser, Hermes confirmed that Sue had been replaced with a new courier but the staff member was not able to discuss the matter further as it was an internal matter.
Matt said he felt the decision to replace Sue was unfair.
“Sue is really upset because she really enjoyed her job and a lot of people in Waverley knew that,” he said.
“The money is a thank you for all of her hard work and to soften the blow of what has happened.”
When the Advertiser contacted Sue she declined to comment.
A spokesperson for Hermes said: “We can confirm that this self-employed courier no longer delivers on behalf of Hermes, however this decision is not directly related to the alleged vehicle theft.
“Our Service Provider Complaints Panel enables couriers to challenge decisions made regarding their service and raise any complaints they may have.”
A police spokeswoman said the van had been stolen while Sue was making a delivery on Derwent Chase in Waverley.
She said a man got into her vehicle and locked her out, driving away in the direction of Highfield Lane.
Enquiries are ongoing to locate the thief and anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting incident number 362 of May 4.