Kind response after cruellest of burglaries

November 24 2017

RESIDENTS rallied round after hearing that a Staple Hill disabled girl’s communication equipment had been taken in a burglary.

RESIDENTS rallied round after hearing that a Staple Hill disabled girl’s communication equipment had been taken in a burglary.

Mark Williams put out a message on social media after the break-in at his home in Park Road on November 6. He said the stolen items included a suction machine to help 13-year-old daughter Celyn to breathe, and a modified laptop containing customised  Eyegaze software to help her communicate.

The next day a member of the public found the equipment in a bin in Staple Hill and police have returned it to the family.

A man was arrested in connection with the burglary and later released under investigation.

Resident Jerin Choudhury set up a crowdfunding appeal to raise money to buy a new Eyegaze machine for Celyn and soon collected more than £1,000.

Mr Williams responded by saying: "...that's wonderfully kind of you and those donating. I don't feel able to accept money for this though when so many other disabled children and adults need similar equipment and are too poor to finance it."

Instead, at Mr Williams’s request, the money had been donated to the Sequal Trust, a charity that provides communication equipment to disabled people: https://www.thesequaltrust.org.uk/