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Burgled family scoop a surprise donation

PUBLISHED: 11:24 01 July 2010 | UPDATED: 11:48 23 August 2010

A FAMILY of a critically ill child who came home from a holiday to find their house ransacked have been given a boost after an anonymous donation of £100 was handed in at the Reporter office. Kelly and Anthony Dowding, of Truro Road, Gravesend, returned f

A FAMILY of a critically ill child who came home from a holiday to find their house ransacked have been given a boost after an anonymous donation of £100 was handed in at the Reporter office.

Kelly and Anthony Dowding, of Truro Road, Gravesend, returned from a trip to Menorca with 19 month-old Lily and cerebral palsy sufferer Michael, to discover they had been burgled, losing £6,000 worth of possessions.

Their story, printed in your Reporter last month tugged the heart strings of one reader, a Mrs Johnson, who sent a card and £100 cheque to the family offering her support.

The card reads: "Hope this helps replace some of the stolen items. There are scum in this world but I believe the good people still out number the bad."

Stunned Mr Dowding, 39, said: "That is really really nice." His 30-year-old wife added: "It does help restore confidence in people.

Michael used his Nintendo Wii for important physio exercises.

The pair said their insurance claim was being processed and would replace most of the items so they would use the money on one of four-year-old Michael's, loves - reptiles.

The pair revealed they also received support from friends and neighbours following the burglary

Mrs Dowding added: "A family down the road said they read the article and were very sympathetic. They said they had a Nintendo Wii they never used and Michael could have it. My brother's friend has also offered one.

"We had a chat and we think we'll donate it to Ark Animal Sanctuary for Reptiles. We have two dogs, one of which is a re-home and we got in a bevahiourist. She also re-homes reptiles and Michael just fell in love with them.

"She gave him a terrapin and so it would be nice to support her work."

While the material possessions may be replaced the family are still angered by the loss of items with great sentimental value.

A stolen laptop included family photos and videos that would be irreplaceable, and a silver tankard with the children's names inscribed upon it was also taken.

Kent police is investigating the burglary.

If you saw anything suspicous in the area between June 6 and 13 call 01474 366045

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