Wheelchair stolen from 82-year-old in Southwick

The Argus: Wheelchair stolen from 82-year-old Wheelchair stolen from 82-year-old

A great-grandmother of ten has been left housebound after her wheelchair was stolen.

Widow Joyce Hill, who is frail and suffers from arthritis and diabetes, had loaned her wheelchair to her daughter Sallyanne Redden so she could sell poppies and raise money for servicemen and women.

But moments after finishing selling the poppies, the chair was stolen.

It was taken from the lobby of Mrs Hill’s block of flats in Wartling Court, Butts Road, Southwick.

Mrs Redden, 46, needed to use the wheelchair as she is currently suffering from a back problem. She could not carry it up the stairs to her mother’s flat because of her ailment.

Now, 82-year-old Mrs Hill, who also has four children and 11 grandchildren, is unable to leave her home.

Poppies

Mrs Redden, of Rock Close, Southwick, said: “What was really awful is I had just come back from selling poppies in Southwick Square.

“So in one breath I was seeing how generous people could be and in the next breath I was seeing the very worst of people. Mum is a very old lady, she is very frail, and this is awful.

Mrs Redden added that her mother had bought the chair using her pension money and needed it for hospital appointments.

The wheelchair was taken on Monday, November 5, at about 1.30pm.

A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: “This is a despicable crime which has left a woman without her only mode of transport.

“I would appeal to anyone who knows who is responsible for the theft, or has information to please get in touch. You can call 101 quoting serial 1127 of 5/11 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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2:24pm Tue 13 Nov 12

mimseycal says...

Disgusting isn't it. Sadly, there is nothing new there really. Some low lives think that mobility equipment, such as wheelchairs are a legitimate target.

Until we start treating the theft or damage of a mobility aid as the equivalent of grievous bodily harm nothing will change.
Disgusting isn't it. Sadly, there is nothing new there really. Some low lives think that mobility equipment, such as wheelchairs are a legitimate target. Until we start treating the theft or damage of a mobility aid as the equivalent of grievous bodily harm nothing will change. mimseycal

4:43pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Poccypoc says...

Is NOTHING beyond these criminals?!
Is NOTHING beyond these criminals?! Poccypoc

5:34pm Tue 13 Nov 12

MIDNIGHT COWBOY says...

Really low behaviour
Really low behaviour MIDNIGHT COWBOY

5:34pm Tue 13 Nov 12

bluemonday says...

as despicable as this is i have afew questions,why is somebody else using her wheelchair,if her daughter has a back problem should'nt she see her g.p/a+e department to see if she should be using it,why is an 82yr old lady having to buy her own wheelchair,and how did they get it down the stairs
as despicable as this is i have afew questions,why is somebody else using her wheelchair,if her daughter has a back problem should'nt she see her g.p/a+e department to see if she should be using it,why is an 82yr old lady having to buy her own wheelchair,and how did they get it down the stairs bluemonday

5:41pm Tue 13 Nov 12

MuammarQaddafi says...

Police are keen to talk with anyone who may have seen a thief with a bad back.
Police are keen to talk with anyone who may have seen a thief with a bad back. MuammarQaddafi

7:17pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Morpheus says...

Why did the daughter need the wheelchair to sell poppies?
Why did the daughter need the wheelchair to sell poppies? Morpheus

9:52am Wed 14 Nov 12

jillyb1 says...

Can't help agreeing with Blue monday and Morpheus ; was the wheelchair used solely to raise extra money ?
Can't help agreeing with Blue monday and Morpheus ; was the wheelchair used solely to raise extra money ? jillyb1

6:42pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Marjory-keek says...

Have 'Bluemonday' and 'Morpheus' got nothing better to do than criticise ones aunt? I am sure that i will be able to answer the questions asked above. Question 1 read "why is somebody else using her wheelchair,if her daughter has a back problem should'nt she see her g.p/a+e department to see if she should be using it" Firstly, my aunt needed to sell poppys, using my grandmothers wheelchair to transport the boxes to and from Southwick Square enabled her to do so. Secondly the wheelchair was used incase of pain in my aunts back, the chair would help support herself for a longer amount of time, so that she would be able to raise a greater amount for the poppy appeal. If i hadn't of fractured my arm i would of sold the poppies myself, to stop my aunt from causing herself further pain. I assure you that ones aunt has frequent visits to the physiotherapist and was not self diagnosed.
Question 2 "why is an 82yr old lady having to buy her own wheelchair" This is simple, my grandmother is not one to ask for help when needing new things, thus the reason why she payed for her wheelchair out of her own savings, as she did not feel the need to go through charities/NHS.
Question 3 "how did they get it down the stairs" Is this really a serious question? How do you think one would get a wheelchair down the stairs? After telephoning one of her grandchildren, she was willing to assit to carry it down the flight of stairs for my aunt.
I do hope this clarifys your worries.
Have 'Bluemonday' and 'Morpheus' got nothing better to do than criticise ones aunt? I am sure that i will be able to answer the questions asked above. Question 1 read "why is somebody else using her wheelchair,if her daughter has a back problem should'nt she see her g.p/a+e department to see if she should be using it" Firstly, my aunt needed to sell poppys, using my grandmothers wheelchair to transport the boxes to and from Southwick Square enabled her to do so. Secondly the wheelchair was used incase of pain in my aunts back, the chair would help support herself for a longer amount of time, so that she would be able to raise a greater amount for the poppy appeal. If i hadn't of fractured my arm i would of sold the poppies myself, to stop my aunt from causing herself further pain. I assure you that ones aunt has frequent visits to the physiotherapist and was not self diagnosed. Question 2 "why is an 82yr old lady having to buy her own wheelchair" This is simple, my grandmother is not one to ask for help when needing new things, thus the reason why she payed for her wheelchair out of her own savings, as she did not feel the need to go through charities/NHS. Question 3 "how did they get it down the stairs" Is this really a serious question? How do you think one would get a wheelchair down the stairs? After telephoning one of her grandchildren, she was willing to assit to carry it down the flight of stairs for my aunt. I do hope this clarifys your worries. Marjory-keek

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