Bullies not acceptable at any age
Megan Jeffcoat humbly accepted the bunch of flowers given to her by Matamata Country Lodge – a token for her bravery.
She didn’t see it as a brave act that deserved the recognition, she got it because she simply ‘‘helped someone in need’’.
Mrs Jeffcoat was walking down Broadway to get an ice cream with her young neighbour Jasmine Salter when she was stopped short.
Ahead of her an elderly lady on a mobile scooter was being verbally abused by a young woman after a small accident on the footpath.
Without a second thought, Mrs Jeffcoat stepped between them in an effort to protect the lady, who resides at Matamata Country Lodge.
The young woman then lashed out at her but she managed to keep her calm and call the police.
‘‘I hope that if someone else sees a situation like this, they will stop and help too,’’ she said.
‘‘She was very upset and I was really shaken.
‘‘I waited until the situation had been sorted and then I called country lodge to make sure she was ok and told them what had happened.’’
One of her neighbours contacted the Matamata Chronicle about what she did and the country lodge staff were grateful too.
Country lodge nurse manager Jan Broderson said on behalf of