Harborough charity replaces girl’s stolen buggy

Zoe Hodgkin, Penny Squires and Cilla Squires from The Squires Effect presenting a new wheelchair to Mollie (7) and mum Tina Mathias after their previous one was stolen from outside their North Kilworth home
Zoe Hodgkin, Penny Squires and Cilla Squires from The Squires Effect presenting a new wheelchair to Mollie (7) and mum Tina Mathias after their previous one was stolen from outside their North Kilworth home

When a heartless thief stole a disabled seven-year-old girl’s buggy from outside the family’s front door, mum Tina Mathias admits she had “a bit of a rant”.

But Tina was speechless last week when thoughtful members of a local charity knocked on her door with a brand new replacement.

Representatives of The Squires Effect charity presented the all-terrain buggy to Mollie and mum Tina at their North Kilworth home.

“They just knocked on the door, I saw this large box and the buggy was inside,” Tina told the Mail.

“It was absolutely unexpected. We were lost for words really.”

Mollie has the rare chromosome disorder De Grouchy syndrome, also known as 18q- .

The disorder affects growth, muscle development and co-ordination, mental development and behaviour.

Mollie cannot speak but is able to communicate some of her needs via Makaton, a type of sign language.

Mollie is just starting to walk a few steps, and needs her wheelchair and her buggy to get around.

Tina said: “The buggy is basically all-terrain, so we use it to go on walks, which are hugely beneficial for Mollie.

“I’ve also been seeking out horse riding lessons for her, and the buggy will be useful in getting her to the horse.”

After Tina made her feelings about the theft known on Facebook, she had a visit from Cilla Squires, who also lives in North Kilworth.

“I thought she’d come over just to see if I was all right,” said Tina. Then a few days later Cilla came back with the box and said ‘we need to give you this’.”

Tina said she and her husband Ben couldn’t get over the thoughtfulness and how generous they were.

And as for the new buggy, Mollie loves it.

Tina said: “We went for a walk recently from North Kilworth to South Kilworth where grandma lives, and Mollie was really relaxed.

“The buggy fits her really well, and she was really settled – and you can tell when she doesn’t like something.”

The Squires Effect was set up after the death of local inspirational fundraiser Claire Squires in the 2012 London Marathon.

It has now raised more than £45,000 for good causes.