A SHIRLEY teenager, whose beloved 1/5th scale remote control car was stolen, has received a brand new buggy thanks to his generous local Lions.
Connor Fox, who has moderate learning difficulties, was distraught at losing his powerful Yama Buggy, believed to have been taken from a vehicle at his family’s Shirley home between March 3-5.
So when the Shirley Lions read about his plight in the Solihull News, the group decided to donate the brand new car, worth over £300.
“It’s just fantastic to see his face,” said Martin Conlon, fundraising chairman.
“As soon as I saw the article, I immediately thought it was a worthwhile project.”
He was joined by Lions president Chris Burrows and president elect Gillian Conlon when they presented the 13-year-old Hazel Oak School pupil with the remote control car at his home last week.
Parents Robin and Cath, both aged 43, were ‘delighted’ with the Lions’ kind donation while Connor said he was “very excited” about taking his new toy out for a spin.
Robin, head coach at Solihull Cycling Club, said: “When we put the story in the paper, we were hoping to jog some memories, or someone’s conscious.
“It’s amazing what the Lions have done. It’s very generous, and we’re very grateful. It kind of restores your faith in society.
“It means so much to Connor, his cars are everything. He wants to be a mechanic when he’s older so it’s giving him a chance to learn a bit about the trade.”
Cath, an academic coach at Solihull Sixth Form, said: “He doesn’t often show emotion but there was a lot of emotion shown this morning when the car arrived. Connor has Semantic Pragmatic Disorder which means he finds things difficult to talk about.
“But when he is talking about something he is passionate about it brings him out of himself.”
*Shirley Lions are appealing for new members at an open evening next Wednesday (April 24). It takes place at the Solihull Municipal Club, at 7.30pm.
For more information, call 0121 744 4937.