Natalie and Jake

Two Kings Norton children enjoyed a great family Christmas thanks to B31 Voices readers, despite their family being the victims of a house burglary just a few days before.

Mum Natalie was on her way home from a trip to Manchester when she was called by a neighbour to say that the burglars had struck at her home in the Hillmeads Road area. The thieves had smashed their way in through the kitchen window in the early hours of Sunday morning (20th December), stealing all the family’s Christmas presents.

Two smart TVs, meant as the children’s main presents, had been stolen along with other presents large and small. The heartless burglars ripped off wrapping paper, leaving it strewn around the home, and stole pillow cases and sofa covers to carry away the items.

When devastated Natalie posted on B31 Voice’s Facebook wall she was hoping that someone may be able to provide police with information leading to the arrest of the burglars and recovery of her items.

Instead, disgusted readers wanted to help the family enjoy their Christmas, in spite of the burglary.

Two readers set up Just Giving pages. Since it was so close to Christmas, B31 Voices decided to try and collect gifts for the children, to ensure they had gifts to open on the day.

Wychall Family Club, at Oddingley Hall, and Northfield Community Partnership acted as drop off points for readers to donate wrapped presents and gift vouchers for the family’s two children Morgan Paige, 12, and Jake, 7.

Several sacks of gifts were delivered to the family on Wednesday 23rd December.

IMG_0183One reader, Dee Wheeler, went one step further and was inspired to contact Northfield high street businesses, and her friends, to ask for gift donations. Dee managed to gather three more sacks of gifts, which she wrapped and delivered on Christmas Eve.

Dee said: “No family at any time of the year should suffer because some lowlife wants a quick quid and no child should wake up on christmas day to no gifts because of these thugs. As a community we want to show this family that there are more good than bad in our towns and streets and give these gifts with our families love to them. We may not be able to replace what was taken but hope these gestures bring many smiles on christmas morning.”

Morgan Paige and Jake’s mum, Natalie, said yesterday: “My children have had a lovely day and it’s all down to everyone being so generous. Thank you so much.”

Anyone with any information on the burglary should contact West Midlands Police by calling 101.

Many thanks to:

  • Maria at Oddingley Hall, who opened up the hall especially to collect donations
  • All the ladies at Northfield Community Partnership for taking donations, despite being busy doing their other good work in the run up to Christmas!
  • Dee Wheeler
  • Northfield stores: B&M, Home Bargains, Kids Essentials, Boots, Poundstore Plus, Bright Products and Iceland. Plus Tracey McGarry, Rita Butler and Amy McVeigh, who all donated gifts to Dee’s collection.
  • Cllrs Andy Cartwright and Peter Griffiths who organised and delivered turkey and veg to the family, courtesy of Tony Geraghty Butchers and Longbridge Sainsbury’s.

Thank you, and Merry Christmas!



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