AN ILKESTON dad has hit out at the cruel thieves who stole his disabled son’s wheelchair.
Matthew Frost, six, lost his leg due to a heart problem which doctors said he had only a 0.01 per cent chance of surviving.
He uses the wheelchair daily to help him get about.
His dad, Mark Frost said: “I just don’t know who or why someone would do this.
“I just can’t believe how low some people will go, it’s disgusting.
“Matthew’s really upset about it, imagine having to explain to him that it had been stolen, I really can’t believe people do stuff like this.”
The Whizzybug, a motorised wheelchair made to look like a red sports car with eyes stuck on the front, is worth £3,000.
It was taken from the Frost family home on Benner Avenue, Ilkeston, at lunchtime on Wednesday March 9.
An incinerator and metal gates were also stolen.
A police spokesman said: “This wheelchair is invaluable to Matthew and his family.
“It helps Matthew get around. Without it it’s very difficult for the family.”
After the police appealed for information an anonymous donor approached the force saying that they would like to contribute towards the cost of a new wheelchair.
Mark said: “We’ve seen the best and worst in people as a result of all this really.
“We were so happy when we heard about this anonymous donor. It restores your faith in people.
“Matthew will need a new wheelchair soon and this time it will cost more like £12,000.
“He’s doing really well, he doesn’t let things get to him and just gets on with it all. We’re really proud.”
Police said they had received reports that a white van had been in the area at the time of the thefts.
A spokesman added: “We would like to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious.”
People with information about the theft can call Derbyshire police on 0345 1233333 or speak anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.