Schoolboy Sonny Green was left devastated when thieves stole his beloved scooter after he went to help an old lady in the street.
But the thoughtful youngster had the last laugh as he received a free replacement as a reward for his good deed.
The 11-year-old got a scooter called The Chozen, worth £100, from manufacturers Zinc Sports, who read about Sonny’s plight on the Doncaster Free Press website.
The good samaritan, of High Street, Hatfield, said: “I was really upset at first. But it hasn’t put me off helping people. This new one is amazing.”
Sonny was playing on his £50 Zinc Havock scooter on Woodlands Way, Denaby, near his grandmother Mary Bailey’s home, when he noticed an elderly lady struggling to push her mobility scooter up the road.
He left his scooter against a wall and helped her. But when he returned minutes later his toy was gone.
Along with his new scooter, he also received a ‘well done’ certificate at Dunsville Primary School.
Headteacher Kevin Flint said: “Sonny is a really nice pupil and we were all very touched by what he had done to help this elderly lady. We wanted to reward him for his good deed.”
Dad Nick, 42, a builder, said: “I’m so proud of him. It shows that good things can happen if you help others.”
Ying Pickavance, senior category and brand manager at Zinc Sports, said: “Here at Zinc we were particularly saddened to read that Sonny’s scooter is missing. We know how much children become attached to their scooters and to have it stolen whilst doing a good deed is particularly cruel.”
Anyone with information about the scooter theft at noon on April 27 should contact police on 101.