Five-year-old’s ‘walkies’ plan to replace stolen cash

A five-year-old boy has come up with a plan to help replace community cash that was stolen from a village pub.

Ted Heritage was so upset when thieves made off with £700 which had been collected for a children’s fireworks display that he even offered his own savings.

Ted Heritage and his dog, Dotty, are walking to replace stolen firework money in Tingewick. PNL-140110-170057009

Ted Heritage and his dog, Dotty, are walking to replace stolen firework money in Tingewick. PNL-140110-170057009

“It was £1.20. It was all his money,” said Ted’s mum, Lizzie.

“He thought the money had been stolen from the children of the village.”

The cash, which had been donated throughout the year for the annual Tingewick fireworks display, was in a giant Famous Grouse bottle, which was wrenched from the bar in of the Royal Oak in the early hours of September 13.

Now Ted, who lives in Dadford, has come up with an idea to raise more money towards replenishing the fund.

He has invited over 100 pupils of Roundwood Primary School, in Tingewick and Gawcott, to take part in a fundraising dog walk round Tingewick on Sunday morning with their families.

Mrs Heritage said: “He has written an invite to every child in the school.

“Even if they don’t have a dog, they can come and meet the dogs and walk with us.

“Absolutely everybody is welcome.

Mrs Heritage, who works for the Blue Cross animal charity, said: “It was Ted’s idea. He loves dogs.

“For people who have got dogs, it’s a great way to meet doggy friends. If you’re thinking of getting a dog and you want to meet different dog breeds, you can come along and talk to the owners.”

Walkers are invited to meet in the Royal Oak car park at 10.30am, with the walk starting at 11am, for a suggested donation of £3.

There will be a short walk round the village and an alternative longer walk of about 40 minutes, which will be signposted with balloons.