Readers hand over cash for young Michael
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