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Gifts flood in for abandoned baby
GENEROUS gestures of goodwill have been flooding in from well-wishers touched by the story of an abandoned baby found on a Worcester doorstep.
GENEROUS GIFTS: Many people have been touched by the plight of baby Joseph after he was found abandoned on a Worcester doorstep.
A savings account has been opened for little Joseph after Worcestershire County Council was contacted by members of the public keen to help the tot.
Almost two weeks have passed since hours-old Joseph was left in a bright orange hessian Woolworths shopping bag on the doorstep of a Worcester childminder.
He was found by Adrienne and Jon Hunt outside their home off Columbia Drive, Lower Wick, at about 4.30am on Thursday, July 18.
One of the first donations came from a Worcester News reader who was moved to act after seeing the two-week-old infant’s picture on the front page of the paper.
The woman, who did not want to be named, said: “I run a post office near Worcester and a lady in the village brought in a bike to sell.
“She said to give whatever it made to charity.
“I sold it for £50 and it was the picture on the front of the Worcester News of Prince George with Joseph that moved me to want to give it to him.”
Last week, your Worcester News ran a front page contrasting the fortunes of baby Joseph and the newest addition to the royal family.
“It’s two different spectrums of life,” the donor said.
“One has everything and this little lad here has nothing. It was just an impulse thing.
“I think it’s wonderful that a savings account has been set up for him.
“He’s so handsome – he’s absolutely gorgeous. Hopefully, this will help him.”
A spokesman for Worcestershire County Council said: “We would like to thank everyone who has come forward with offers of help and support and recognise that Joseph has touched the hearts of people in Worcestershire.
“As corporate parents the local authority will meet all of Joseph’s care needs until his future is decided.
“We have set up a savings account for the donations we have received for Joseph to access in the future.”
After being found, baby Joseph was handed to midwives at Worcestershire Royal Hospital who gave him his name and he is now being looked after by foster parents.
New pictures were released of the tot last week in the hope that they might encourage his mother to come forward.