Christ­mas presents stolen from baby-tragedy mum

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By THOMAS GE­ORGE thomas.ge­[email protected]

A MUM griev­ing for her baby has been left dev­as­tated af­ter heart­less thieves stole her chil­dren’s Christ­mas presents and ran­sacked her home.

Zoe Hick­man had been hop­ing to make this year’s cel­e­bra­tion extra spe­cial for sons Char­lie and Bobby af­ter a dif­fi­cult 12 months.

Last Christ­mas, cel­e­brat­ing was the last thing Zoe, 23, wanted to do af­ter she gave birth to a still­born baby, Matilda, just weeks ear­lier.

This year, she had started her fes­tive shop­ping early and had al­ready bought sev­eral gifts for Char­lie, four, and Bobby, seven.

They in­cluded chil­dren’s toys, Plays­ta­tion 4 games and new clothes from Next. But her ef­forts have all been in vain as she re­turned home last week to find the presents had been swiped.

Zoe said: “It’s dev­as­tat­ing. I saved to get the boys ev­ery­thing they wanted and it’s all gone just like that.

“We didn’t have a good Christ­mas last year, so I wanted to make this year extra spe­cial for them.”

Zoe, from Bolton, had taken her sons out for tea af­ter pick­ing them up from school, but re­turned later that evening to find a win­dow at the back of her home had been smashed.

Then she no­ticed the bag of presents was miss­ing, as well as sev­eral other pos­ses­sions.

Thieves also made off with a Plays­ta­tion 4 and iPad be­long­ing to her fam­ily, along with jew­ellery and even food from the fam­ily’s fridge.

And to make mat­ters worse, the bur­glars even went through a sen­ti­men­tal mem­ory box she had made for Matilda.

Ms Hick­man said: “I don’t know how some­one could do this, es­pe­cially know­ing there are kids who live here. I got a loan of £500 to go to­wards some bits for Christ­mas, which I al­ways do.

“I don’t know what I’m go­ing to do now. I’m not work­ing at the mo­ment, so I can’t af­ford to re­place any of the presents.”

A fundrais­ing page set up by Ms

Hick­man’s sis­ter, Holly, has so far raised £100 to help re­place the stolen gifts. To do­nate, visit www.gofundme. com/f/bur­gled-so-close-to-christ­mas.

Zoe Hick­man with sons Char­lie and Bobby

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