A disabled woman has her “life back again” after two strangers appeared out of the blue to replace her stolen mobility scooter with a new one.
Nancy Gorton, 59, of Remembrance Court said she was “brought to tears” by the extraordinary act of kindness, after spending nearly six weeks “trapped in her own home”.
“I was inside watching TV when I got a knock at the door last Friday at around 5.30am,” said Nancy. “I answered it and there was a man stood their with his son.
“He asked me if I was Nancy Gorton to which I said ‘yes I was’. He said that he had a scooter for me and went to get it out of the car.
“I’m still on a high! I couldn’t believe it. I asked him for his name but he said he didn’t want any recognition whatsoever.
“It’s just great. When I hugged him I said thank you for giving me my life back.
“Then he left after saying I hope you are happy with it. He didn’t want to stay. He wanted to give me it and go. I think it might have once belonged to someone close to him because I could see tears in his eyes. His son didn’t say anything, he was just stood their smiling.”
Nancy, who lives alone and suffers with osteoarthritis, had only moved to her new bungalow in January because she needed a home which did not have stairs.
Her condition means she is unable to walk properly and following the theft of her scooter, she could not go out and buy food for herself.
For six weeks Nancy relied on the kindness of neighbours, who helped by collecting essential food and supplies.
On top of her painful osteoarthritis, Nancy also used a stoma – a bag which connected to her bowel because she cannot digest food properly.
“It means I have to eat at least four times a day or I could end up getting really sick,” she added. “I have to keep my bowel moving.”
With no way of getting about and no money to pay for a new scooter, Nancy’s situation became so bad that she became depressed.
Now Nancy is once again mobile, and can enjoy her regular trips out to the harbour, Sewerby Hall and to Bridlington Hospital, where she donates books to patients.
She added; “I couldn’t sleep the night they gave me the new scooter. I kept waking up, going to check on it and saying to myself is this really mine? It just makes you think that there really are some good people about. It’s just such a relief. I can go shopping again. It’s great, I’ve been polishing it a lot! I’m not going to leave it outside my house again, the only reason I did before was because I was leaving first thing in the morning to go shopping.
“I would like to thank the Bridlington Free Press because if they had not published my story , no-one would have known and I would not have received the kind donation from the stranger.”
Despite two appeals in the Free Press for those who stole her scooter to do the right thing and come forward, Nancy has hear nothing since and its whereabouts remain unknown.
A spokesperson for Humberside Police added: “Anyone with information that would lead to the recovery of the mobility scooter or find those responsible for its theft are asked to contact Humberside Police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting Crime Reference 2111619.