Readers' pledge for scooter theft victim
PUBLISHED: 12:08 27 October 2011
»Caring readers were so moved to hear about a disabled man who had his mobility scooter stolen they pledged money and donations.
The Times revealed last week that Leonard Cook, of Picardy Road, Belvedere, had his mobility scooter stolen from outside his house whilst he was on the loo.
His £1,500 scooter was found last Friday in a neighbour’s garden three days after it was stolen.
But that didn’t stop readers pledging money and even a replacement if it wasn’t recovered.
Mr Cook said: “I gave up hope of it being found. It is a relief as I was stranded. I will now be mobile again. It is a bit damaged as it has been out in all weathers so the repairs will cost me £80.”
One 82-year-old widow from Sidcup was so moved by Mr Cook’s plight that she called the Times offering to donate her deceased husband’s scooter, which she had been keeping in the garage.
The woman, who didn’t want to be identified, said: “I was moved reading the story. It is wonderful news that it has been found.
“I paid £1,500 for the scooter but when I thought about selling I found you can get new ones on the internet for £800 so you might as well give it to someone who needs it. I’ll try and give it to someone who can’t afford one.”
Another reader, who also wished to remain anonymous, offered to donate £100 to help Mr Cook buy a replacement.
A spokesman for Bexley Police said: “A member of the public contacted Belvedere Safer Neighbourhoods Policing Team to report he had discovered it in his driveway, with the keys in the ignition.
“There was no damage. It was found in Abbey Crescent which is a short distance from where it was stolen.”
The incident happened on October 18 just after Mr Cook, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease and has had two heart attacks, returned home from shopping.