A FAMILY left distraught by the theft of an honesty box and stock from their five-year-old son’s fledgling business have raised almost £7,500 for Acorns Children’s Hospice.
Little Harry Clare was targeted by heartless thieves last Tuesday (July 14) who stole cash and stock from his stall near Rosebud Meadow in Malvern.
The budding entrepreneur sells chicken eggs near his family’s business and asks for passers-by to leave money in a pot in exchange for a box of six.
The cold-hearted raid provoked a furious reaction from across the country after leading Worcestershire auctioneer Philip Serrell highlighted young Harry’s misfortune on Twitter.
“They will probably be too ashamed to return either but if they get to read this I hope it costs them a few nights sleep,” he wrote.
After being overwhelmed by the reaction, Harry’s family launched a bid to turn the upsetting experience into a positive by raising cash for much-loved Worcester hospice.
Proud mum Rosie said: “It’s gone a little crazy and we have been overwhelmed with all the support he has received and the kind wishes.
“This has never been about the financial impact of what happened, but we could not understand why someone would want to leave him so heartbroken.
“We have set up the page for people to donate to Acorns Children’s Hospice, a place where we take our famous MooMoo the therapy pony to. In Harry’s words ‘Mummy I would like to make other children happy again too, like these kind people have done for me’.
“Its so humbling to see all the exceptionally kind donations coming in from all around the world. We truly are so very grateful.
“In Harry’ words ‘Wow! that is incredible!’. We cannot thank you all enough for your support,” she added.
Harry’s story has continued to attract attention across the globe after the youngster and his mum appeared on ITV’s This Morning.
Grand Tour and Who Wants to be a Millionaire host Jeremy Clarkson has offered to replace everything Harry lost with stock from his Diddly Squat farm shop.
“I will make good all that was lost. Please get in touch. And then let’s feed the thieves into a combine,” the outspoken presenter tweeted.
Rev Richard Coles also offered his support to the brave youngster and said: “Please wish Harry the best, and reassure him that despite the occasional disappointment, most people will want to be customers rather than robbers.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/harryshonestybox to donate.