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Orston three-year-old left devastated after thieves steal her pumpkins she was selling for Queen's Medical Centre

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A three year-old has been left devastated after thieves stole pumpkins she was selling to raise money for a hospital.

Little Emilia Hawthorne was selling the pumpkins outside her home near Orston as a way of giving back to staff at Queen's Medical Centre, who help care for her four-year-old brother Arthur.

Her fundraising efforts were put to a stop after thoughtless thieves stole them, instead of paying £2.50 each.

Emilia where her pumpkins were sold.
Emilia where her pumpkins were sold.

Sarah Hawthorne, Emilia's mum, said: "We spent ages growing them and then we just put them on a stall with an honesty box outside.

"Usually I bring them in when it gets dark but I left them out a bit later than normal and at about 8.30pm, two men just piled them all in their car. We could see them on the camera but we just couldn't get their registration unfortunately.

"My little boy has to go to the QMC on a regular basis and my little girl wanted to raise some money for the children there. It wasn't like we were selling them for a profit or anything.

CCTV footage captured the crime. (52303152)
CCTV footage captured the crime. (52303152)

"Emilia is feeling really upset about it, yesterday she asked me if the robbers might steal the poorly children as well."

After sharing the event on Twitter, Sarah has now set up a GoFundMe page where people can purchase virtual pumpkins instead.

"Some people have been so generous," she said.

"A lady called Amanda Hamilton has sent us some more pumpkins to put on our stand which was really nice.

"It's just really disappointing you know. I just don't think people realise what goes into growing a pumpkin to start with and we weren't even asking very much for them and it was all going to charity.

"My little girl was absolutely devastated. It's just miserable really that somebody needs to do that. I don't know what they're going to do with them."

The family have so far raised at least £1,370 for the children's unit (East) at the QMC.

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