Ruthless burglars steal disabled girl's new £1.5k wheelchair from Harborough village home

They also stole a Ford mobility car

Monday, 12th July 2021, 2:52 pm
Donna and Daisy.

Ruthless raiders have stolen a disabled girl’s new £1,500 wheelchair after breaking into her family’s home in a Harborough village as they slept.

The cruel gang stole mum Donna Farmer’s Ford Focus mobility car after grabbing the keys when they smashed their way in to her house as well as pinching her daughter Daisy’s wheelchair.

The burglars are now being hunted by police after they struck at her home in Great Glen late on the night of Tuesday June 29 or in the early hours of Wednesday June 30 under the cover of darkness.

The criminals broke in through the lounge window as Donna, 43, and her six children were asleep upstairs.

Devastated Donna said the terrifying break-in has left her a “bag of nerves” and feeling very “frightened”.

“I got the locks changed straight away as well as calling in Victim Support.

“They installed some systems and fitted a ring doorbell.

“I double and triple check all my doors and windows every day, I’m just so nervous now,” said the distraught mum-of-six.

“It’s really scared me and I fear for all my kids.

“None of us have slept properly since, it’s really shaken us all up."

Donna said her eight-year old daughter Daisy relies totally on her wheelchair as she cannot walk far at all by herself.

"She has no iron in her body and has extendable hyper mobile syndrome which affects her from the arms all the way down to her feet,” said Donna.

"Daisy is in constant pain daily and can't participate in activities but she is our absolute superstar and we love her to bits."

The callous crime is stopping the shattered youngster going on trips at school while her crucial hospital appointments have also been made much harder.

"I just can't imagine how they could steal her disability equipment. “Daisy's wheelchair was £1,500, which we received a grant for,” said Donna.

"Now she can't go out at school.

“I will have to try and borrow a chair from somewhere for her hospital appointments – it’s just unbelievable."

Donna has now launched a fundraising campaign to help buy a new wheelchair for Daisy.

And she had already topped her £600 target by raking in £675 from generous donors by this morning (Monday) as her shocked community has rushed to get behind her.

"I’d just like to thank every single person who has donated to our cause so much.

“You have no idea just how thankful we are - or how we could ever repay your generosity,” said Donna.

“What you have done for us and your fantastic support for us doesn't go unseen and I love you all."

A Leicestershire Police spokesman said: “Police were called to a report of a burglary at a property in Great Glen just before 8am on Wednesday 30 June.

“Car keys were taken from the property and used to take the car – a Ford Focus.

“It is believed access was gained to the property via a ground floor window between 10.30pm on 29 June and 6am the following morning. “The investigation is ongoing to identify those responsible for the burglary and to locate the stolen vehicle.”

If you would like to help Donna buy a new wheelchair for her daughter Daisy, you can support her by clicking on her fundraising webpage here: