Staff at HorseWorld, an equine charity based in Bristol, have been overwhelmed by the generosity of 10-year-old Lia Bailey-Wilkinson.

When Lia heard that thieves had stolen the proceeds of HorseWorld’s carol concert, the young horse-lover donated all her savings — £10.30 — to the charity.

Elizabeth Goddard of HorseWorld told H&H: “The burglary took place in the early hours of Monday 6 December. We had held our Carol service the day before, and the thieves stole the takings.”

The money taken was enough to feed more than 150 rescued horses, ponies and donkeys for a month.

Lia’s mother, Carrie-Anne Wilkinson, said Lia is a dedicated supporter of HorseWorld.

“As soon as she heard the sad news, Lia emptied out her money box and put all the money in an envelope to send to HorseWorld,” she said.

Mark Owen, HorseWorld’s managing director said: “Lia really is a wonderful example of Christmas spirit and I’d like to say how uplifting the response has been from all the staff who work every day with the rescued horses, ponies and donkeys at HorseWorld”.

HorseWorld relies on donations to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home abandoned, mistreated and neglected equine animals.

To give to their Burglary Response fund see www.justgiving.com/HorseWorldBurglaryResponseFund or call 01275 893033.

Avon and Somerset Police continues to appeal for witnesses and information. Call 0845 456 7000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.