A LITTLE boy who emptied his piggy bank to replace Poppy Appeal cash stolen by heartless thieves has been rewarded for his kind-hearted gesture by Daily Express readers.
Alex Croston, six, was saving up to buy a Star Wars stormtrooper but gave all the money instead to his school for Remembrance Day after it was raided.
In November we reported how he wrote to his headmaster at St Stephen’s Primary School in Bolton, Greater Manchester, explaining how he wanted to give his £8 “to help towards the stolen money”.
But Alex’s story so touched two of our readers that they sent him £20 between them.
Yesterday the youngster was thrilled to be clutching his toy.
He said: “I didn’t expect it but it’s made me really happy.”
And proud mother Tanya, 33, added: “It’s fantastic and so kind.
“Alex is a wonderful little boy and he’s been quite overwhelmed by all the attention and lovely comments.”
Pensioner John Woodley, 69, from Hornchurch, east London, gave £10.
He said: “He is such a decent little lad. What he did was marvellous. I put it all down to his parents. He’s been brought up the right way.”
Businessman Julian Tolley, 50, from Bideford, Devon, who matched his donation, said: “I thought it was the least I could do.
“Alex’s story just brings back your faith in your fellow man. It brought tears to my eyes.”
Alex, who lives with Tanya, father Simon, 41, and half-sister Evie, 10, said: “They took the money for when you have two minutes’ silence and think about the soldiers.”
Police are still hunting the thieves, who also stole four laptops and two iPads.