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Macauley's Xmas wish comes true; BURGLARY: Telegraph readers help boy over ordeal.

Byline: Tina Junday

GENEROUS well-wishers have rushed to help a young boy with a serious heart condition and his family after the Coventry Telegraph reported how burglars ransacked their home.

Macauley Hyland, aged 13, was too frightened to stay at the house since the break-in at Princethorpe Way, Ernesford Grange, after the break-in on November 19.

He has pulmonary atresia, a rare form of congenital heart disease, and two holes in the heart, and underwent his first major operation at the age of four.

Burglars smashed the back kitchen window and stole mobile phones, a Wii, Playstation 3, Nintendo DS and iPod, some of which were gifts ready and wrapped as Christmas presents.

The story touched Telegraph readers, including Royal British Legion member Graham Rollason, who offered pounds 100 cash to help replace some of the stolen goods.

Another gesture of goodwill came from Steve Wyer, director of Midland Alarm Services, who visited the family's home to offer them a wireless alarm system worth more than pounds 500, to give them some peace of mind.

The city dad said he sympathised with the family as he too had his home burgled 12 years ago.

He said: "It's a terrible shame and the little lad has enough on his plate anyway and I know what it's like to be broken into - it happened to me too.

"When I read he'd been worried to go home I wanted to help. I really felt sorry for the family, especially the lad with the heart condition and, with it coming up to Christmas, I thought it best to sort something out before then to make it a bit better for them.

"I'm a family man -I have four kids of my own. I understand what they've gone through. The system is completely wireless, it's the newest system we have."

The security system has shock sensors in key areas of the home that are alerted by intruders. If the alarm is activated a message will be sent to a mobile phone.

Macauley's mum Sharon Hayes, who has three other children, also received a pounds 180 from staff at her workplace and a donation from Corpus Christi RC Church.

The teaching assistant said she had been overwhelmed with the generosity and support of people, even strangers. "It's just amazing. I'm just bowled over at how people got together to help us out. It's restored my faith and made me realise how lucky I am to have my children.

"Macauley feels a lot safer at home now and has been sleeping a little better. The alarm has a lot to do with that. I'm so grateful for everyone who has rallied around to help us.

"People who I've never met before have been so kind and friendly. There are some really good people out there."

Sharon will spend the money on a Playstation 3 for her children as a Christmas treat.


THRILLED... Macauley Hyland and his mum Sharon Hayes. Above, our story from last month which prompted the generous response from readers.
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Date:Dec 5, 2009
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