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Community party to be held tonight to cheer up Harold Hill boy with autism after his carved pumpkin was stolen

PUBLISHED: 15:03 27 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:03 27 October 2017

Pumpkin. Picture: Julien Behal/PA Archive/PA Images

Pumpkin. Picture: Julien Behal/PA Archive/PA Images

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A charity is calling on residents to help put a smile back on an autistic seven-year-old boy’s face after his carved pumpkin was stolen.

Due to Oliver Foster’s sensory issues, he has not been able to take part in the fun tradition of pumpkin carving before but on Wednesday, he overcame a big challenge and carved his very first one and put it on display outside his Harold Hill home.

But he was “in bits” after him and his family discovered that someone had stolen his precious pumpkin on the same night.

His mum told him that the Halloween Goblins loved it so much they took it back to Halloween land to make him feel a bit better.

When his mum posted the sad news on social media, founder of Smile London and Essex, a charity which helps the homeless and vulnerable in communities, Maria Rackley, knew they had to do something to cheer him up.

She said: “It was really upsetting to hear what had happened with Oliver’s pumpkin and we wanted to cheer him up again.

“It’s very unfair, especially since this was the first pumpkin he has ever carved.

“We just hope we can put the smile back on his face.”

The charity is holding a Halloween-themed community party tonight in the car park in front of 155 Chatteris Avenue, Harold Hill, by the junction with Hilldene Avenue.

Everyone is welcome to arrive in fancy dress and enjoy music, food, drink and the community spirit.

Maria said: “I would also like a group of us all dressed up to greet him and give him carved pumpkins from the children of Halloween land who loved them so much they wanted to share theirs.

“And it wouldn’t be Halloween without sweets so we will be handing over a few treats to him.”

If you are unable to attend tonight at 7.30pm but would still like to make a contribution to the event, you can make a donation by visiting here

For further information call Maria on 07415141437

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