Keighley News readers put smile back on Ben’s face

Liam Eastwood from the Game On store with Ben as he chose his first game.

Liam Eastwood from the Game On store with Ben as he chose his first game.

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Kind-hearted Keighley News readers have rallied round to help a Silsden boy who lost his £100 Christmas money.

A stream of fellow Cobbydalers pledged fivers to 11-year-old Ben Marklew within minutes of hearing about his plight.

And Keighley video games shop Game On offered a £100 voucher to replace the money Ben planned to spend on an Xbox console.

A credit tab was arranged by Azeem Hussain, owner of the Hanover Street shop.

Mr Hussain said: “When I read what had happened I thought how bad it was for the lad. I thought it was something we could help with.”

Mr Hussain’s offer came just days after a heartwarming meeting, arranged by users of the website, where townspeople donated a total of £70.

Ben’s mum, Sue, said: “Myself and Ben stood outside the post office and people just turned up to hand over money and have a chat. Everyone was so nice.

“I can’t believe how kind people have been – it just shows how good Cobbydalers are!”

Sue also paid tribute to Mr Azeem’s “amazing” gesture, saying: “I was so touched someone in the current economic climate could offer this money.”

Ben lost the £100 in banknotes after putting them in his pocket while out for a walk in fields near his Bolton Road home two days after Christmas. Most of the money had come from his gran.

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