VIDEO: Flooded Chacewater schoolboy receives “best present ever”
A Chacewater schoolboy has described having the “best day of his life” after a generous company from Pool replaced one of his flood-damaged Christmas presents.
Seven year-old Rhys Lobb was smiling from ear to ear as he stood up in the Chacewater Community Primary School assembly on Friday to collect his brand new Samsung Galaxy tablet.
The tablet, which was donated by IT company, Microcomms, replaces one destroyed by floods just one week after the schoolboy received it for Christmas.
Rhys was overwhelmed with thanks and couldn’t wait to get started on his new toy.
He said: “It feels really, really, really good.
“I was really sad when we lost everything.
“It’s really special and definitely the best present ever.”
The Lobb family had a terrible start to 2014 after they woke up on New Year’s Day to find the ground floor of their house under a foot of water.
Hope was restored when three year old Samuel Hoskin from Mawgan, near Helston, prompted his family and the local community to collect vouchers and toys to replace the ruined presents.
But there was one present the funds couldn’t replace – Rhys’ electronic tablet.
After hearing the family’s plight, Chacewater Community Primary School’s head teacher, Chris Gould, contacted the schools IT supplier, Microcomms, and asked if they could help.
The company were more than happy to donate a replacement and decided to present it to Rhys during an assembly which addressed the theme of “crisis”.
Simon Murley, the managing director of Microcomms, said: “It was touching to see so many generous people pull together in another family’s time of need and we are proud that we could be a part of that.
“We hope Rhys has fun playing all those games on his new Samsung tablet and hope this small gesture will go some way to ensuring he and his family can get back to normality after the unfortunate floods over Christmas.”
Rhys’ mother, Carly Lobb, attended the crisis assembly with her seven-month-old daughter, Freya.
She said: “It’s really fantastic because not only did Rhys lose his Christmas presents but it was his birthday on the 28th so he lost many of those presents too.
“He told me today was going to be the best day of his life because he was getting a table and having a Chinese!”