Com­mu­nity raise £2,500 for fam­ily of bin man Paul

Uxbridge Gazette - - News -

MORE than £2,500 has been raised for the fam­ily of a bin man who died dur­ing a tragic in­ci­dent while work­ing in Northolt.

Paul John Ab­bott, a fa­ther-of-five from Southall, died after re­port­edly be­ing struck by a dust­cart in Pri­ors Field at 7.30am on Tues­day De­cem­ber 4.

The 59-year-old was treated at the scene by paramedics but died in an am­bu­lance on the way to hos­pi­tal.

Fol­low­ing the tragedy, a Just­Giv­ing page has been set up to help raise £5,000 for Mr Ab­bott’s fam­ily.

So far, the page has helped raise more than £2,500, with nearly 150 peo­ple mak­ing do­na­tions.

The crowd­fund­ing page reads: “Most of us will have read or heard the sad news of the death of Paul Ab­bott, a refuse col­lec­tor who worked (and lived) in the bor­ough of Eal­ing. Paul had been a refuse col­lec­tor on our streets around the bor­ough for years and I’m sure many of us would have seen him on his rounds.

“On Tues­day De­cem­ber 4 2018, Paul like a lot of us got up that morn­ing and headed to work, but trag­i­cally he was not to come home as he was killed in a tragic ac­ci­dent whilst do­ing his job.

“He leaves be­hind a fam­ily of five chil­dren.

“Fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent his col­leagues said he had died a hero be­cause he pushed his young co­worker, with­out any thought of him­self, out of the way to save them from the same fate.

“Paul and his fam­ily were no doubt look­ing for­ward to en­joy­ing the fes­tive sea­son and spend­ing time to­gether, but this will now be a tough time for them all as they will be griev­ing their sud­den loss.

“In these ar­du­ous times per­haps we as a com­mu­nity could do some­thing to sup­port Paul’s fam­ily who have suf­fered great hurt.

“If you can donate to help them dur­ing these dif­fi­cult times just click on the donate but­ton and donate what­ever you can.”

“Al­though I didn’t know him per­son­ally this story touched my heart. RIP,” wrote one per­son on the crowd­fund­ing page.

An­other wrote: “So sorry to hear this sad news about Paul which is es­pe­cially heart­break­ing at this time of the year. I hope the col­lec­tion will go some way to­wards eas­ing the fi­nan­cial bur­den for this fam­ily.”

Mr Ab­bott, who was part of an Amey crew col­lect­ing rub­bish, re­port­edly “pushed a col­league out of the way” of the bin lorry, sav­ing his life.

Metropoli­tan Po­lice have said the driver of the lorry is as­sist­ing them with their en­quiries and no ar­rests have been made.

Amey, the com­pany con­tracted by Eal­ing Coun­cil to col­lect rub­bish in the bor­ough, says it is help­ing po­lice es­tab­lish how Mr Ab­bott came to die.

Paul Ab­bott was just 59 when he died

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