A PASSIONATE supporter of a life-saving charity came to the rescue herself during a recent doorstep collection.
RNLI fund raiser Hazel Herriott was concerned when a pensioner answered the door, having apparently suffered a fall.
The 82-year-old had suffered an injury to her head and appeared to be confused. Although the woman insisted that she was fine, Hazel was very worried.
“Obviously I couldn’t leave her like that, I was very concerned,” said the retired mother-of-two. “I went to see one of the lady’s neighbours and we called an ambulance for her.”
Paramedics arrived at the Ashleigh Road address and the pensioner was taken to hospital. It is understood from neighbours that she is still receiving treatment and is currently in a stable condition.
A RNLI spokesman said: “Hazel has since received a telephone call from the injured lady’s daughter, who lives in Norfolk.
“She extended her sincere thanks and said that without doubt Hazel’s concern and prompt action had certainly saved her mother’s life, albeit it was not at sea.”
Hazel and husband David have been long-time supporters of the RNLI. The couple’s interest in the charity stemmed from their love of sailing and they continue to take an action role in the local branch.