A weekly newspaper in Kent is celebrating a heart-warming success story after a front page appeal for funds to help a four-year-old boy left blind by an inoperable brain tumour.
The Kent and Sussex Courier launched the campaign on its front page on 18 May asking readers to donate towards an invaluable braille machine for little Malachi Tyler, who lives in the town and starts school in September.
Within hours of the paper hitting the shelves, the entire £2,500 was donated by one anonymous benefactor.
Having seen Malachi with his parents and, after losing her husband to a brain tumour a year ago, the benefactor said she could not think of a better way to spend some of her insurance money.
More cheques continued to pour in as Malachi’s story struck a chord with readers. On May 21 another anonymous donor pledged the full amount after being ‘moved’ by the devastating tale.
In total £6,110 was raised in less than a week – meaning Malachi can have a braille machine both at home and at his new school, with extra funds going towards sensory toys and equipment.
Editor Ian Read said: “This moving story really resonated with our readers – and touched us all.
“We were determined to do the best job possible for Malachi and his family, who, despite their unthinkable situation, have remained inspirationally positive.
“The generosity shown will make a genuine difference to Malachi’s life and, as his local paper, we’re proud to have been able to help make that difference.”
“When she heard of the first benefactor giving the full amount Malachi’s mum Emma e said: “I just can’t believe that somebody would do that for my child.”