Theft victims sitting pretty after donation

Wheatley Hill parish councillors Eleanor Carr and Morris Nicholls take a walk in the garden at Abbotts Court Care Home with Sue Dunn and Donna Bradwell (right) from the home. Picture by FRANK REID
Wheatley Hill parish councillors Eleanor Carr and Morris Nicholls take a walk in the garden at Abbotts Court Care Home with Sue Dunn and Donna Bradwell (right) from the home. Picture by FRANK REID
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KIND-HEARTED parish council chiefs have saved the day for care home residents whose garden furniture was stolen.

Wheatley Hill Parish Council has donated £500 to the village’s Abbotts Court Care Home after heartless thieves swiped their patio set.

The Mail reported last week that vulnerable home residents had been left without somewhere to enjoy the fine weather after making off with the set.

But parish council bosses saw the article and were quick to offer the money to replace the wooden table, chairs and parasol.

The original set was thought to have cost around £150.

But now home chiefs say they have enough money to buy two sets to help even more residents get out in the garden.

The home’s deputy manager, Sue Dunn, said: “We can’t thank the parish council enough.

“It’s nice that we have got someone in the community that does care.

“We never thought this would happen.

“The day it went in the Mail, Coun Morris Nicholls knocked at the door and said he was absolutely appalled at what happened.

“He popped in on the day of the Royal Wedding and said he would try his best to get a donation and when he did we were just speechless.

“It’s like Christmas has come, the residents are absolutely delighted.”

Coun Nicholls, who is parish council chairman and also represents the village, along with Thornley and Deaf Hill on Durham County Council, said: “The set was stolen from vulnerable people, people who enjoy their days out in the sun rather than being in the home.

“It must have been sick people who did this to vulnerable people.

“It’s absolutely pathetic, what happened.

“The parish council is right behind the home and we try and help organisations anywhere we can.”

Ms Dunn said the home is now planning a sponsored walk to pay for a new television for the home.