KIND-HEARTED youngsters rallied round to help their leukaemia-fighting pal after thieves stole his quad bike.
Eight-year-old Bobby Brown was left devastated when his quad bike was stolen from his family’s home in Brinsworth last Tuesday.
But devoted friends helped lift his spirits when they raised £310 towards a replacement by washing cars on their estate.
Mum Samantha Preece (27) said: “The response we had since we put an appeal on Facebook has been amazing.
“We have got such a long list of people we would like to thank and we thought his friends deserved a special mention.”
Samantha said the quad was taken overnight from an outhouse at their Letard Drive home on Tuesday.
“The thing that bothers me the most is that somebody has been in and took it while we were in bed, especially with Bobby not being very well,” she said.
“My partner Ashley works away a lot so I’m often on my own and it’s a bit unnerving knowing somebody has been in.
“People have offered to replace the quad but it’s the sentimental value as well because he had all his stickers on it.”
Brinsworth Manor Junior School pupil Bobby was diagnosed with leukaemia in February.
He is now in the maintenance stage of his treatment but will continue to have chemotherapy for three years.
Samantha, who is 30 weeks’ pregnant, said: “Obviously, it would be nice to get it back but and we’d ask anyone with any information to get in touch with the police. But we want to say how wonderful it is what the kids have done.
“We’ve had so many people offer to help as well so we want to thank everybody.”
A police spokeswoman said the quad bike was stolen between 11pm on Tuesday, August 1 and 7am on Wednesday, August 2.
She urged anyone with any information to call police on 101, quoting incident number 171 of August 2.
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