Delight as stolen Christmas lights are replaced

Phoebe Newton
Phoebe Newton

Kind-hearted people have stepped in to help a family replace Christmas lights stolen by thieves.

Every year Sarah and Andrew Newton, of Hinwick Road in Wollaston, put up the lights for their 13-year-old daughter Phoebe, who has a a rare chromosome disorder which means she can’t walk or talk.

The lights were stolen from their front garden on Sunday, December 15.

After hearing about the theft the school which Phoebe attends, Greenfields in Northampton, had a collection and raised £120, the B&Q store in Northampton matched this and the B&M store in Weston Favell donated £50 of lights.

Mr Newton said: “Our daughter has Pitt Hopkins Syndrome, which means she is unable to walk or talk and attends a class for children with profound learning difficulties at Greenfields Special School in Northampton.

“When she was tiny we noticed how fantastic lights are to stimulate and motivate her and, obviously, Christmas is an amazing time for her.

“Over the years, we have built up a collection of lights that we put up outside our house. Some of the lights have been donated to us for her.

“We have also used the lights as an opportunity to bring the community together and have held four Christmas celebration evenings over the years with a group of our neighbours and raised money for cancer charities.

That’s why we were so upset that someone took some of them.”

After receiving the new lights and the donations, Mr Newton said: “We are so touched and grateful for this and many other offers of help and support since telling our story. We have got our sparkle back.”