Read­ers hand over cash for young Michael

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­

GEN­ER­OUS read­ers and ra­dio lis­ten­ers have ral­lied round to help an 11-year-old boy who lost £200 to sus­pected pick­pock­ets.

Michael Dun­ning lost the cash in a wal­let in Ash­ford town cen­tre and the in­ci­dent is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by po­lice.

But now those who read of his plight in the Ken­tish Ex­press or heard it on kmfm have chipped in £80 to help re­place his lost cash.

His class­mates at Ash­ford’s Nor­ton Knatch­bull School col­lected £11 and one fam­ily do­nated three Arse­nal tick­ets.

kmfm pre­sen­ter John ‘Webbo’ Web­ster said: “It’s re­mark­able. One young lady came into our re­cep­tion and emp­tied all her change into the desk, about £7, and asked us to for­ward it. Half a dozen other peo­ple popped in and left money and we had a whipround from the ra­dio staff.”

Ken­tish Ex­press reader So­nia Brown, of Northum­ber­land Av­enue, Ken­ning­ton, do­nated three tick­ets for an Arse­nal foot­ball match. She said: “We saw Michael wear­ing an Arse­nal shirt in his pic­ture in the Ex­press and he is ob­vi­ously a fan. So we de­cided to give him tick­ets for the next match we were go­ing to.”

Michael went to the game on Sun­day with his fa­ther Jeff and grand­fa­ther Roy. His mother Nar­jleen said: “All this is won­der­ful. It has re­stored our faith in hu­man na­ture and put a smile on Michael’s face again.

“We would like to thank every­one who has been so gen­er­ous.”

Michael, of Hoth­field, had been with his mother in Ash­ford High Street when the cash, sav­ings he was go­ing to bank, went miss­ing on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 17.

The­money was in a wal­let in Mrs Dun­ning’s hand­bag when she was barged into by youths.

The money col­lected through the KM Group will be passed to the fam­ily shortly.


Michael Dun­ning, who lost his sav­ings

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