Bul­lies not ac­cept­able at any age

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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

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