The widow of a taxi driver who died when his cab was hit by a police van has received donations from a Post reader for the funeral. Cheung Lai-wan, 44, who has four children and receives welfare payments, said yesterday she was relieved to hear that a reader had mailed her a cheque for $20,000. Other readers have also said they would send donations. The funeral will cost about $30,000. Ms Cheung said the Social Welfare Department had not yet given her compensation for the accident, which was caused when the police van allegedly ran a red light while rushing to a suicide rescue. Police were still investigating the accident, a spokesman said. Other organisations, including a hospital and a newspaper, had agreed to assist Ms Cheung but had not come up with the cash as of yesterday, she said. She was very grateful to readers who had offered help. 'Please thank them for me,' Ms Cheung said. 'Thank you. Thank you.' The donor who sent the $20,000 asked that he not be named but explained why he had been so generous. 'I felt sad for a relatively young woman with four children,' said the donor, who owns a financial services firm. 'Without the husband it's more difficult. I always feel sad when someone has a funeral. For the Chinese, it's very important. It must be done properly.'