Doncaster's Jeremy Clarkson comes to rescue of boy, 5, whose farm stall was robbed
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The Grand Tour and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? host has offered to ‘make good all that was lost’ after hearing the heartbreaking story of Harry Clare whose honesty stall was wiped clean by cruel thieves.
Little Harry was left in tears after having £40 worth of stock swiped from the table top of the stall he runs at his parents' glamping site in Malvern, Worcestershire.
The Doncaster celebrity wrote on Twitter: "I will make good all that was lost.
"Please get in touch. And then let’s feed the thieves into a combine."
Speaking to The Sun, Clarkson revealed that he had been a victim of the same crime at his farm in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, and wanted to make amends.
He said: “He’s such a sweet looking kid and I’ve had an honesty box at the end of my drive for the last two or three months, selling eggs exactly the same as him.
“It is so annoying when people go along and take away the eggs without leaving the cash.
“I know how he feels and I’m 60 not 5. I really feel sorry for him so I would like to give him whatever he lost and buy him some chocolate.”
Asked what he would like to say to the thieves, the Top Gear host relied on Liam Neeson’s famous threat in Taken.
He joked: “Over the years I have acquired a very special set of skills, and I will find you and feed you to my combine harvester.”
On a serious note he added: “These farmers are struggling and then some halfwit comes along and nicks the money - it’s awful.”
In a further kind gesture Clarkson was keen to invite the family to his own farm shop to enjoy an ice cream.
Harry’s mum Rosie Clare, 35, said she was delighted at his offer to pay for her son’s stolen produce and encouraged him to donate to their chosen charity.
She added: "All I can say is wow. The fact Jeremy Clarkson knows about Harry and his shop is brilliant.
"Putting them in a combine is a bit extreme however, I don't think we'd go that far.
“It is wonderful that he has thought of Harry and his shop.
“Harry is receiving so much positivity and we haven't been able to keep up with it all.
“We have actually been in contact with Acorns Children’s Hospice to set up a page for people who want to donate to Harry.
"So maybe Mr Clarkson could donate to that as we're able to replace the stolen items ourselves.
“It is a really worthwhile charity that does amazing work.
“We have set up a page for people to donate - Harry would like all his donations to go to Acorns Children’s Hospice.
“In Harry’s words, ‘Mummy I would like to make other children happy again too, like these kind people have done for me.’”
Harry told how he was left devastated when the heartless thieves pinched the entire contents of his honesty box stall leaving behind just his table and sign.
The schoolboy sells eggs and goats milk as well as soap and lip balm from the shop based at the Rosebud Meadow glamping site.
He said: "I lost my shop and feel really sad. I liked making people happy.
“I still want to be a shopkeeper because I want to sell my mummy’s soap. I’m going to carry on with it.”
You can donate to Harry and Rosie's charity at their JustGiving page HERE.