Community comes together to support Barnsley resident

Date published: 12 April 2018 11:02
Dated: 12 April 2018 12:01:11

An elderly man who had his mobility scooter taken has been presented with a new one after PCSOs and members of the local community rallied to get him another.

Ninety-one-year-old Derek Risdel, who lives in Royston with his 90-year-old wife, was the victim of a burglary on Saturday 17 March, which saw offenders take his mobility scooter after his garage was broken into.

PCSOs Angela Pressland and Clare Peel visited Mr Risdel after the burglary occurred.

“Mr Risdel, who cares for his wife, used the scooter to go to the shops and run errands, so when it was taken so was his independence and freedom,” they said.

“On hearing this we both, along with other officers in the Royston Neighbourhood Policing Team, decided that we wanted to try and raise some money to get him another.

“Through donations from officers, along with the help of More Mobility in Swinton, we were able to present him with a new scooter.

“Seeing how touched he was and hearing his comment of ‘it’s better than my old one’ was so lovely to hear, and we were so happy to be able to give him some of his independence back.”

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