A MOTHER and son have been trying to put the nightmare of being burgled behind them, thanks to the kind support of the community.
Kim Newman’s home in Talbot Road, Sudbury, was ransacked by thieves in the early hours of Christmas Eve.
As Ms Newman and her six-year-old son Charlie (pictured centre) slept upstairs, robbers stole presents from under the Christmas tree, including DVDs, books, slippers and a trinket box.
Despite the horrible experience, the pair have been comforted by gestures of kindness from friends, family and the wider community.
On Friday, Charlie and a handful of friends, accompanied by Ms Newman, visited Strikes bowling alley in Sudbury, after the venue contacted the Free Press to invite the family to enjoy a free pizza, pins and pop deal after reading about their experience.
“It was amazing when I heard,” said Ms Newman, 32. “I didn’t know what to say – Charlie loves bowling.
“We have had so much support after a horrible ordeal. I’ve been really surprised by the way people we don’t even know have come forward to help.”
Trudy Jackson, deputy manager at Strikes, said: “The team wanted to help and most of us are parents ourselves so we know how difficult it would be to explain to a child that their presents had been stolen.”