Kettering family have items replaced after burglary

Kris Mcmillan and the Big Bopper Damian Cox hand over the gifts to Kelly Owen, Adrian Hillyer, Poppy Hillyer, three, Becky Wardiell, and Bailey Hillyer, nine
Kris Mcmillan and the Big Bopper Damian Cox hand over the gifts to Kelly Owen, Adrian Hillyer, Poppy Hillyer, three, Becky Wardiell, and Bailey Hillyer, nine
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A mum has thanked generous fundraisers who contributed hundreds of pounds to replace items stolen when her home was broken into last month.

Thieves stole an Xbox and laptop belonging to autistic youngster Bailey Hillyer, nine, some time between January 15 and 17.

The theft was made all the worse because Bailey’s mum Becca Wardiell was staying in hospital looking after her baby daughter Willow, who had been born 16 weeks prematurely.

But after hearing about the break-in, Kettering man Damian Cox, also known as DJ the Big Bopper, launched a fundraiser.

Within days £750 had been raised, much of it coming from anonymous sources.

And Kettering man Kris McMillan, who runs a computer-repair firm, had donated a new laptop.

The money was raised to replace Bailey’s stolen Xbox and has also been used to buy Peppa Pig gifts for his younger sister Poppy, two, and vouchers for his newborn sister Willow, who is still in hospital in Birmingham.

Mum Becca said: “I didn’t know what Damian had done at first and one of my friends got in touch to let me know.

“It was overwhelming. There are some lovely people out there and I want to thank everyone who donated money. It has made Bailey and Poppy very happy.”

Mr Cox said the strength of the response had surprised him and added that the total was reached in two days.