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Post reader gifts mobility scooter to Dagenham mum who had hers stolen

PUBLISHED: 16:48 16 February 2015 | UPDATED: 11:06 17 February 2015

Colin Reid has given Claire Glover a mobility scooter after reading about how hers was stolen in the Post

Colin Reid has given Claire Glover a mobility scooter after reading about how hers was stolen in the Post

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A charitable Post reader has donated a mobility scooter to a stranger who had hers stolen after reading about her plight in the paper.

Colin Reid has given Claire Glover a mobility scooter after reading about how hers was stolen in the PostColin Reid has given Claire Glover a mobility scooter after reading about how hers was stolen in the Post

Colin Reid, 68, came forward to offer the scooter to Claire Glover, who says his actions have renewed her faith in humanity.

“It’s amazing and really nice that somebody could be so kind to somebody that they don’t even know,” the mum-of two, who suffers from a mild form of spinal condition spina bifida, said.

Her dark blue scooter was stolen from outside her front door in Holgate Road, Dagenham, last month - a year after her daughter’s adapted tricycle was taken from the same spot.

“I’ve had so much rubbish over the last year that it is nice to see somebody do something nice for you - I was quite gobsmacked,” Claire said.

She had faced spending about £600 to replace her scooter secondhand and, in the meantime, was virtually housebound.

“I’ve been relying on my mum to take me everywhere and that’s my independence gone, especially when I already rely on her for so much anyway,” Claire said. “To get it back is pretty great.

“It might need a service to make sure that it’s fine but either way it’s going to be a lot cheaper than having to save up to buy a new scooter.”

Colin, of Downing Road, Dagenham, says he was touched to read about Claire’s misfortune and felt compelled to offer her the scooter, which belonged to his late nephew.

“We have no use for it, it was just sitting at the back of the shed,” he said.

“I thought that if she could get some sort of use out of it, I’d be happy to do her a favour.”

Claire’s Kymco mobility scooter, which has black wire baskets at the front and rear, was stolen from outside her front door between 11pm on Wednesday, January 21, and 6am the following morning.

Police are still investigating the theft. If you have any information, call the non-emergency number 101, or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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