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Chesterfield stranger gives presents to struggling family

Freddie and Michael with surprise gifts from a woman who read about the break-ins at where thier dad works at Tech CPR, and wanted to help them out.
Freddie and Michael with surprise gifts from a woman who read about the break-ins at where thier dad works at Tech CPR, and wanted to help them out.

After hearing how a shop break in left owners saying Christmas would be tight one grandmother bought presents for the children of the staff.

Tech CPR on Station Road was broken into on November 12, and again on 17 and the owners spoke to the Derbyshire Times of their heartbreak.

Andrea Hoyland followed their story and wanted to help out one of the staff who had two little boys but was worried how good a Christmas they would have now.

The 53-year-old from Holmewood said: “I have three little grandchildren aged between seven and one and it annoyed me a family who were working hard to do their best had Christmas shattered by one man’s greed.

“I’m in a fairly lucky position that I can give back so I just bought the young chaps just a little something so they can enjoy Christmas Day and it takes some of the pressure off the parents.”

Previously co-owner Darren Parkinson, 31, said will be cancelled in his house this year, he was blown away by the goodwill of the gesture.

“I wasn’t in when the presents were dropped off but they were waiting for me when I got in.

“I can’t believe someone I don’t know can be that kind to someone they have never met.”

Staff thought two break-ins would finish off the business but have been overwhelmed by support.

Darren said: “People have been coming to us and saying they won’t be put and will help us get through Christmas and beyond.”

Since the break-ins the security systems have been upgraded and reinforced.

He added: “I am touched by Andrea’s generosity, and I don’t have the words to tell her how grateful and thankful we all are.

“My boys, Freddie and Michael have seen the presents and we have explained where they have come from but have now sent them off to Santa.”