THE mother of a disabled boy who had his walker stolen for scrap has been offered more than £1,000 by generous readers to help her by a new one.
Aston Muff, six, who suffers from cerebral palsy, had his walking frame stolen by a scrap dealer from his home in Harleston Road, Wymering.
He needs the walker to get around and was forced to borrow one from the Child Development Centre in Locksway Road, Milton, until mum Susan has the £150 to buy a new one.
After reading our story, many disgusted readers opened their hearts to help little Aston, and Susan, 47, was bowled over by their support.
Having received much more than the cost of replacing the frame - so far £1,010 has been pledged - the thrilled mother kindly asked for all additional donations to be sent to the Child Development Centre which Aston uses often.
She said: ‘It’s really surprising and lovely to see that people can be so generous. It means a lot to Aston.
‘He will be so happy to go out and see his friends again and get his independence back, and it means that he’ll be able to walk about on his own when he starts school in September.
‘I just hope it doesn’t happen to anyone else because it really is a horrible situation to be in.’
Aston’s new walking frame will be bought with three £50 donations each from Martin King, Pamela Morn and Alison Vinter.
Mrs Vinter, 44, of Southampton Road, Paulsgrove, said: ‘It was so upsetting that find out that someone could do that to anyone, let along a young disabled child – it’s just appalling.’
Pamela Morn said she was brought to tears when she read the story and felt compelled to do what she could to help out.
The 73-year-old, of Foxley Drive, in Hilsea, said: ‘It really got to me that someone could be so cold. It’s a despicable thing to do and I’d just love to get my hand on whoever did it.’
Martin King, 45, heard the story on Wave 105 when The News’ deputy editor Mark Acheson reviewed today’s paper with DJ Mark Collins.
The radio station received a number of calls from people wanting to donate money towards the frame.
Mr King, of Warsash Road, Warsash, said: ‘I was so cross to heard what had happened, it’s just completely wrong and I wanted to help in whatever way I could.’
Donations were also received from Margaret Christie, Graham Ottley, Paul Coleman, Ali Stevenson, Jane Kent, Syd Carter, Andy Thomson, John Kinneavy, Pat and John Goodridge, Stephen Carrington and three anonymous donors.
Susan added: ‘I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has offered to help us, it’s so nice to see everyone pulling together.’