Mum’s thanks to readers for saving childs’ Christmas

Bill Aspinall who treated Sonya Hall and her two children Emmen, seven, and Tilly, three, to some Christmas presents and a meal in the Spaghetti House in Lancaster, which he owns.
Bill Aspinall who treated Sonya Hall and her two children Emmen, seven, and Tilly, three, to some Christmas presents and a meal in the Spaghetti House in Lancaster, which he owns.
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A MUM of two has thanked kind-hearted Lancaster Guardian readers for saving her children’s Christmas after their presents were stolen in a burglary.

The break-in happened at the Ryelands home of Sonya Hall, 33, just weeks after she lost her partner John Balmer, the father of her two children Tilly, three, and Emmen, seven, to cancer.

A treasured locket inscribed with the word “daughter” and a silver locket, which Mr Balmer had given to the children on his deathbed, were stolen, along with Emmen’s £1.70 pocket money and presents including an X-Box Connect movement sensory controller.

Others items taken during the burglary in Denny Avenue on the morning of November 14 included an X-Box console, laptops and digital cameras, with the total value running into thousands of pounds.

See the Lancaster Guardian (22-12-11) for full story.