After seeing her heartfelt appeal in the Solihull News, a generous local business owner has made six-year-old Phoebe Morris’ birthday wish come true.
The delighted youngster, who suffers from autism, was presented with a brand new iPad to help with her learning by Mohammed Pervez, owner of Mobile King in Coventry Road, Acocks Green.
Mr Pervez, of Solihull, said: “I was sitting at home, going through the newspaper and suddenly I saw this kid’s face staring out at me.
“I started reading the article... and thought to myself, ‘I could help’. I just wanted to put a smile on a little child’s face.”
“I’m very excited,” added Phoebe, who celebrated her sixth birthday yesterday.
Full-time mum Linsey had asked locals to donate their old phones so she could swap them for an iPad with specialist apps for autistic development, when she collected 165 handsets.
But the 31-year-old, of Solihull, said she had never expected someone would just give Phoebe the Apple tablet, worth several hundreds of pounds.
“It brought tears to my eyes, I was just in shock.
“There really are some genuinely lovely people in the world. The difference it will make to Phoebe’s learning will be huge. I could not thank him enough.”
Mr Pervez, a father-of-two, is hopeful his generosity will inspire other businesses and individuals to follow suit.
“We hope that by doing so we can restore faith of individuals within the local community,” he added.
“By doing so, we will be able to encourage and motivate others to help and contribute to local causes that could prove immensely beneficial for the recipients.”
Linsey said the 40 phone handsets already collected would be passed onto the Hearts and Minds exchange scheme unless other parents of local autistic children wanted to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.