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Reader's heart of gold helps teenager

PUBLISHED: 03:21 27 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:45 03 March 2010

AN anonymous angel has proved the Star can boast readers with true hearts of gold!

Last week the Evening Star reported the sad case of schoolgirl Sharlie Hedges who had her state-of-the-art mobile phone stolen - the vital £150 link the anxious teenager used to keep in touch with her disabled mum.

You Star! An anonymous angel has proved the Star can boast readers with true hearts of gold!

Last week the Evening Star reported the sad case of schoolgirl Sharlie Hedges who had her state-of-the-art mobile phone stolen – the vital £150 link the anxious teenager used to keep in touch with her disabled mum.

Cruel thieves deprived her if it while she went to school – but now a real angel has stepped in to buy the Northgate High pupil, of Renfrew Road, Ipswich, an exact replacement after reading of her plight in the Star

The man wishes his act of generosity to remain anonymous but he revealed to the Star that he had just won a competition at work, scooping a £150 cash prize.

Rather than spend the money on himself the selfless Samaritan said that he wanted to use his piece of luck to help out someone down on theirs.

"It's no good to see someone down in the dumps – and she obviously needs the phone," said the man, who lives in the Felixstowe Road area and works in the coach construction business.

The goodwill gesture has stunned the Hedges family – which was despairing after thieves stole Sharlie's Nokia 3330 phone while she attended a games lesson at the school's sports centre on Sidegate Lane.

"I can't believe it," said mum Jo, who suffers from the debilitating virus ME and back problems. "It's an incredible thing and we are just so grateful. It's fantastic that there are still people like this out there after all that's happened."

Sharlie herself was practically speechless with joy.

She said: "I just can't thank this person enough but thank you who ever you are!"

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