Kind-hearted schoolboy Jonathon Maundrell from Dorridge has been left devastated after his efforts to fundraise for the RNLI were hampered by thieves.
The business-minded eight-year-old has been raising cash for the charity that saves lives at sea since he was five and for the last three years has done so by picking, weighing, bagging and selling apples from his Woodchester Road garden to passers-by.
Relying on people’s honesty, the Dorridge Junior School pupil had left the fruit outside the home he shares with mum Julie, dad Nick and older brother Alexander, 15, alongside a donations box.
But this week his fed up mum spotted that at least eight bags of the fruit had been taken without any cash left.
“I have been so annoyed that people could do it.
“If you are hard up that’s fine.
“But it’s so wrong for a little boy to be disappointed.”
Jonathon has helped RNLI after a friend, who is the local co-ordinator, introduced him to their work.
The family also visit Cornwall every year where the youngster collects donations for the local crew.
Jonathon will continue with his efforts to help his favourite charity although the apples have now been moved indoors..
Julie added: “He won’t be defeated.”