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Northampton businessman donates new pushchair to seriously ill child after Facebook appeal

HELPING OUT: Steve Curtress bought an Abington woman a new pushchair when he discovered she had lost her sons at a local park on Facebook.

HELPING OUT: Steve Curtress bought an Abington woman a new pushchair when he discovered she had lost her sons at a local park on Facebook.

A kind-hearted businessman has donated a pushchair to the mother of a seriously ill child, after a Facebook appeal launched by the Chron.

Kaisha Morris, aged 34, of Abington, accidentally drove off without putting her son Joe’s pushchair in the boot of her car. When she went back to the scene, the new buggy had gone.

A friend contacted the Chron to ask whether our news team could put a message on our Facebook site asking for its return.

Nine-month-old Joe suffers from an extremely rare blood condition and is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.

And the response from Chron readers was remarkable. A total 126 people left comments on the post, either with possible sightings of the buggy or, in the case of Steve Curtress, who owns IAP Bathrooms at Grange Park, offers to buy Miss Morris a new one.

Mr Curtress said: “When I saw the appeal it touched me. I have a two year-old and I remember how I nearly left the buggy behind several times. It’s so easy to do when you are looking after a child.

“I just thought it would be a nice thing to do.”

Miss Morris was thrilled by the response. She said: “Thank you so much to Steve for replacing my stolen buggy. It eases the pressure at a very difficult time.

“It is heart warming to know there are kind people out there that don’t even know Joe but are still willing to help.”

Miss Morris and her family are about to launch a national appeal to encourage people to get tested for bone marrow donations.

To register for donating bone marrow, visit the Anthony Nolan Trust website www.anthonynolan.org

 

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