A couple of weeks ago an elderly woman was mugged in Park Road and hospitalised by the thug who stole her handbag. Her neighbours in Park Road rallied round and held a door-to-door collection for Audrey. The wonderful Webb’s of Bearwood had a donations box in their store to add to the collection. The local social media spread the word, and the Park Road collection raised a staggering £460, and the Webb’s collection an additional £355, including a single donation of £50 from Sandwell Lions.
Of course the money won’t mend Audrey’s broken bones, or relieve the trauma of being assaulted, nor catch the little thug who robbed her. But it does demonstrate to her, and everyone else, that we are part of a big society, and we don’t need smooth talking folk in Westminster to try to invent one for us!
Well done those who organised the collection, and a big thank you to everyone who contributed anything.