Playing fare as cabbies help pensioner
Taxi drivers clock up cash for 91-year-old victim of theft
TAXI drivers dug deep into their own pockets to help an elderly woman after her pension was stolen.
Selina Cheal, 91, who lives in Willesborough, was shopping in the town centre last Thursday, when she was befriended by a woman in her 20s.
The woman walked with Mrs Cheal while she drew her pension from the Abbey National and went to Iceland.
Her daughter, Jacqui Jeffries, said: “As soon as she was distracted, the woman took both her pension and bank book.
“Mum lost about £90 and was very shaken, but she is a very independent lady.
“The woman was so calm and collected, I don’t want it to happen to other old folk. I am so grateful to the taxi drivers.”
Mrs Cheal, who goes into town most days, is well-known by the independent taxi drivers who circulate at the back of Iceland.
They rushed to her aid, calling the police and then having a whip-round to replace the stolen money. Taxi driver Russ Collins said: “For her to meet the lowest of the low at her age, it opens your heart. You don’t wish that on anyone. Even some of the customers put something in and we raised £100.
“She was very grateful and it brought a smile to her face.”
The woman is described as white, aged between 25-35 and 5ft tall. She was wearing a beige coat and has short, fair hair.
If you have any information about the incident contact police on 01303 289180.
Ashford Independant cabbies Barry Clayton, Jason and Paul Coombes, Russ Collins and Jim Botton, who collected for an Ashford pensioner after she had her money stolen