Motorbike pals ride to the rescue after conmen plunder pensioner’s savings
A GROUP of kindhearted bikers have come to the aid of a pensioner after thieves stole her savings.
Eileen Roles, 76, was targeted by conmen who offered to tidy up her driveway before taking her to a cashpoint for payment.
They then returned to her home in Irlam and stole £200 and her bank card, which they went on to use several times.
After hearing about Eileen’s plight, Ben Prichard, a member of the Salford branch of the Motorcycle Action Group, decided to organise a fundraising night to replace the cash.
Ben and his fellow bikers then paid a visit to the grandmother-of-five to hand over the £600 raised.
Ben, 22, from Irlam, said: “I just wanted to show that the community still cares.”
APENSIONER left distraught after thieves stole her savings says she has had her faith restored – thanks to a group of kind-hearted bikers.
Eileen Roles, 76, fell victim to conmen earlier this year after they offered to clear her driveway before taking her to a cashpoint for payment.
They returned to the house but later stole £200 and her bank card which they went on to use several times.
After hearing her story, Ben Pritchard – a member of the Motorcycle Action Group’s Salford’s branch – decided to do something to help and organised a fundraising night at the Duke of York pub in Eccles.
Around £600 was collected which was handed over to the grandmotherof-five when Ben and his fellow bikers paid a sur- prise visit to her home in Irlam.
Ben, 22, from Irlam, said: “If that was my mum or grandma, I would want to know that the community was behind me too.
“It went really well, she was speechless and totally overwhelmed when we all turned up with the big cheque.
“Along the route lots of people were beeping their horns and we were really excited to meet her. We hope this has made up for what was lost and more.”
Mrs Roles, a former hotel worker, said she was ‘in shock’ when the bikers turned up on her doorstep.
She added: “It was a complete surprise, I wasn’t expecting it at all but it’s a wonderful thing to happen.”
Ben, a parts advisor at a car garage, organised the fundraiser with dad Owen and sister Chloe. He thanked everyone who had donated raffle prizes or come along to the ‘rockeoke’ night.
He added: “From local businesses to local people, everyone chipped in.
“I didn’t think it was going to get near the £600 mark but it was a good turnout.
“I just wanted to show that the community still cares.”
Eileen Roles with biker Ben Pritchard
Eileen Roles, 76, with Ben (pictured with his arm around her) and members of the Salford branch of the Motorcycle Action Group Barbara Bennett Photography