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'Secret Millionaire' offers lifeline to mute Jaspar

PUBLISHED: 14:21 15 October 2009 | UPDATED: 16:29 07 September 2010

A KIND stranger has offered a donation towards a new computer for a mute six-year-old boy, after this vital lifeline was stolen by thieves. The man, who did not want to be identified, contacted the Broadway last week after reading about Jaspar Tomlinson s

A KIND stranger has offered a donation towards a new computer for a mute six-year-old boy, after this vital lifeline was stolen by thieves.

The man, who did not want to be identified, contacted the Broadway last week after reading about Jaspar Tomlinson's plight in the newspaper.

Jaspar, of Blake Road, Muswell Hill, suffers from quadriplegic cerebral palsy and was left unable to communicate when thieves stole £15,000 worth of specialist computer equipment which he used to talk.

The 39-year-old man telephoned the Broadway and said: "I read the newspaper and I couldn't put it down or get the story out of my head.

"I couldn't compute what it must be like as a parent not to be able to communicate with your child, or how horrendous it must be for this six-year-old not to communicate with his parents.

"Their lives were dealt a crushing blow through no fault of their own and I wanted to give a balancing act of kindness."

Thieves stole the computer equipment while Jaspar's mother, Filipa Maia-Tomlinson, strapped her son into her car in the car park of the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy in Muswell Hill. The incident happened between 3.45pm and 4.15pm on Tuesday September 29. Mrs Maia-Tomlinson said that she and her husband, Max, were deeply touched by the offer to buy their son a new computer. But she added that the insurance company would cover the cost of it.

She told the Broadway: "The most important thing for us is that you pass on our most heartfelt thanks. In all the sadness that the theft left us in, knowing someone was willing to help was hugely encouraging and helped us to believe in people again."

The man has subsequently offered to give £1,500 towards a new wheelchair for Jaspar, which will give him support around his neck and chest.

Police are still appealing for information regarding the theft of Jaspar's computer.

Chief Inspector Jon Williams said: "If anyone saw anything at the time or has heard anything since that could help, please call.

"We are reliant on the support of the community to help identify who was responsible for this theft so we can bring them to justice."

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Haringey police on 0300 123 1212 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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