Swift ac­tions and brav­ery put Holly on awards list

Es­tate agent ran to help pen­sioner who was be­ing mugged

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Ni­amh Oller­ton ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­tysouth.co.uk

A BRAVE es­tate agent at Gibbs Gille­spie’s Uxbridge of­fice has been short­listed for a na­tional award.

Holly Pen­dred, 25, from Ruis­lip has been nom­i­nated for help­ing an el­derly woman who was be­ing mugged.

The in­ci­dent took place on July 15 at around 7pm out­side the com­pany’s Pin­ner of­fice.

The young es­tate agent said: “I saw what looked like two peo­ple ar­gu­ing, but as I drove closer I re­alised the lady was be­ing at­tacked by a man who was try­ing to steal her hand­bag.”

As Holly re­alised what was hap­pen­ing she said: “I slammed on the brake and jumped out and ran to­wards them. The man ran off with the lady’s bag.”

The vic­tim ap­peared un­hurt, but was quite shaken up by the or­deal. Holly, along with a few other peo­ple stayed with the woman un­til the po­lice ar­rived.

A fe­male driver who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent told po­lice she had seen the mug­ger run off to­wards a nearby street.

Holly went with of­fi­cers in the po­lice car to help search for the man. Dur­ing the drive, she spot­ted the man and po­lice were able to ar­rest him.

Mod­est Holly played down her hero­ics in the or­deal, as she said her re­ac­tion to help the woman was in­stinc­tive.

She said: “I saw him at­tack­ing the el­derly lady and thought I’m not let­ting this hap­pen. If it was my mum or nan I’d want some­one to help them.”

Her coura­geous act in chas­ing off the at­tacker has been en­tered and short­listed for the Em­ployee of 2015 con­test Re­lo­ca­tion Net­work (RAN).

If suc­cess­ful, Holly could re­ceive a prize of up to £500 from award spon­sor, TM train­ing & de­vel­op­ment.

RAN is a net­work of hand-picked es­tate agen­cies from England, Scot­land and Wales and the com­pe­ti­tion at­tracted dozens of en­tries from var­i­ous es­tate agents across the UK.

James Gibbs of Gibbs Gille­spie said: “Holly is a credit to our com­pany, her fam­ily and so­ci­ety. We are enor­mously proud of her and wish good luck in the com­pe­ti­tion.”

The com­pe­ti­tion win­ner will be an­nounced at an awards evening on Fri­day, to be hosted by co­me­dian Tim Vine at the Park Plaza Ho­tel in Lon­don. the Year run by


n BRAVE: Holly Pen­dred of Gibbs Gille­spie es­tate agent in Pin­ner stepped in when she saw a mug­ging

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