Christmas saved for Rugby family whose presents were stolen

Louise Welton with her children Tyler, Ellie, Mason, and Charlie
Louise Welton with her children Tyler, Ellie, Mason, and Charlie

A garden centre has helped make this Christmas extra special for a young family whose presents were stolen.

Louise Welton, a single mum of four, had her children’s Christmas presents snatched as she shopped in B&M Bargains in Rugby town centre a few weeks ago.

Since appearing in the Advertiser Louise, from Overslade, has received kind messages from readers wanting to help pay for new gifts for the children.

Whilton Locks Garden Village, in Daventry, heard about the ordeal and offered Louise and her children, Tyler, ten, Ellie, seven, Mason, six, and Charlie, two, a festive fun day out there.

The company picked the family up on Sunday, along with grandmother Diane, and took them to the village’s ice skating rink and grotto.

Louise said the family had an amazing day out.

“They put big smiles on my children’s faces and I’m really grateful for that,” she said.

“It’s certainly lifted our spirits. We don’t get to do things like that normally because I’m on my own and don’t drive, so it really meant a lot.”

The youngsters received a cuddly toy from Santa and tried out the new ice rink - all free of charge.

Louise said: “It was the first time the kids had been ice skating and they had such fun - it was lovely to see.

“They couldn’t sleep the night before because they were so excited.”

The family were also treated to lunch after playing on the snowman bouncy castle and meeting the reindeer.

She added: “I’m really grateful to the company for the day out. We all loved it and it meant a lot to us.”

Jackie Hunt, from Whilton Locks Garden Village, said: “It was lovely that the Weltons were able to visit us during our ‘Magical Christmas’.

“Our ice rink has had a fantastic response and it was great that the family were able to have a go and we are really glad that Santa and his reindeer were able to help too.”