Donations flood in to replace disabled Archie from Hemel Hempstead’s special pram

Becki-Jo Sullivan and her disabled son Archie in his brand new pram.
Becki-Jo Sullivan and her disabled son Archie in his brand new pram.

The mother of a disabled child whose specialist pram was stolen from the front of her home is overwhelmed by the support they have received from anonymous donors.

Since the Gazette published details of the theft last week, people wishing to help replace three-year-old Archie Sullivan’s pram have been in touch.

One woman dropped in £100 to the Gazette’s office in Marlowes, in an envelope which read: “To Archie Sullivan, I’m so sorry your special buggy was cruelly taken away.”

Archie’s mum Becki-Jo, of Wharfedale, Hemel Hempstead, said a friend of her neighbour, who also wishes to remain anonymous, gave her £175. The total has already allowed her to buy another pram for Archie, who was born with his bowels on the outside of his body and needs hernia operations.

Kings Langley gym Combat Fitness Centre and a community football club have also pledged to raise money. Becki-Jo has asked if people still want to collect, to donate the money to either Great Ormond Street Hospital or Cosmic, the children’s intensive care unit at St Mary’s Hospital, which have both looked after Archie in the past.

She said: “I never thought our community was like this, you only hear about the bad things but it has turned into all these lovely people helping us. It would be nice to know who they are just to say thank you, because he can’t do anything without his pram.”