A young boy with cerebral palsy has received a surprise donation from notorious prisoner Charles Bronson.
Mr Bronson, 63, has spent almost 40 years behind bars and is often described as “Britain’s most notorious prisoner”.
The inmate donated £510 to Ben Baddeley, Stoke-on-Trent, upon hearing of his struggles in the press.
11-year-old Ben has difficulties walking unaided and famously hand-delivered a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron requesting better funding for his treatment earlier this year.
Prisoner and budding artist, Mr Bronson, donated the money to Ben’s fundraising page via eBay, after selling one of his pictures to an unnamed buyer.
Ben’s mother Amy said: “I didn’t know who Charles Bronson was, I had to Google him. A lady representing his charity got in touch and said that he had seen articles about Ben in the newspaper and wanted to help. His painting was sold on eBay and the money was donated.
“He sent Ben a picture as well and a letter saying how brave he thought he was and that he hopes he keeps getting better. It was a really nice letter, he’s a very talented man.
“Apparently he does a lot of charity work but he’s very picky about who he helps.
“Ben’s written back to him to say thank you, I don’t know if he’ll get another back. When I told him who he was, Ben was a bit like ‘What? How can a man that’s been so naughty be so nice?’”
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