Birmingham charity donate art to 5-year-old after thieves steal from honesty shop

Rosy Clare and Harry, and a picture of the art work that'll be donated Credit: ITV News / @laddmedia

A Birmingham art charity is donating a mural to a five-year-old boy after thieves stole from his honesty shop.

Harry Clare, who has a tiny stall outside his family's farm in Worcestershire, discovered the harsh realities of business earlier this week.

Customers usually pay into an honesty box for his goods but some not-so-honest passers-by took it.

Rosy Clare, Harry's mum, shared the story on social media, and it quickly went viral, with people from all over the world offering their support.

A JustGiving page, set up to raise money for Acorn's Children's Hospice, has since raised nearly £6,000.

This morning (17th July), Birmingham-based 'Art4Charity' added its name to the ever-growing list.

It said it would donate a printed piece of the Forward in Unity mural - which was recently created by graffiti artist Gent 48.

Gent 48's mural on Meriden Street in Digbeth Credit: Edwin Ladd - @laddmedia

It’s really inspiring to see such a young person with such a charitable mindset. When we heard that Harry’s honesty box had been stolen we were shocked and appalled.

We’ve interrupted sales of our prints to dedicate and celebrate this young fundraiser’s efforts, we’re gifting signed print number 5 to Harry to raise funds as he sees fit to help encourage him on his charitable quest.

Gent 48, graffiti artist


Despite the ordeal the five-year-old has vowed to keep trading.


  • ITV News Reporter Stacey Foster caught up with Harry earlier this week


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