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A GOOD Samaritan has come to the rescue of Olton pensioner John Sanders, who was left housebound when his mobility scooter was stolen and torched.

A GOOD Samaritan has come to the rescue of Olton pensioner John Sanders, who was left housebound when his mobility scooter was stolen and torched.

Mrs Bano Khan contacted Solihull News after reading of John's dilemma in last week's paper.

John, aged 63, had his petrol-powered scooter stolen from outside his property in Dorsington Road, in July.

Instead of getting a replacement straight away, he found his insurance payout was much less than what he paid for the vehicle, leaving him with a shortfall of almost £1,000.

Emma Knight, compliance manager at MCE Insurance explained this week that a cheque for £5,900 had been sent to John and it was the company's policy to pay out the market value of a stolen vehicle.

But Bano said she was "touched" when she read how John had lost his independence and was unable to get to hospital appointments or visit his family and friends in Coventry.

She said: "No senior citizen should be made to feel so insecure and vulnerable.

"It's upsetting when the elderly in our community can be harassed through no fault of their own."

Kind-hearted Bano, who works as a director for Birmingham-based Biettec - has offered to donate £500 to John.

"That's brilliant of her," said John. "I'd been paying for the scooter out of my disability allowance which left me with little money for anything else so I'm so grateful to Bano for thinking of me like this."

Meanwhile, Solihull News rang Motability Scheme who helped John to buy his scooter.

Sue Armstrong from the scheme said they would contact John to discuss what options he has towards getting another vehicle.

 

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