52 Lives heard about an elderly lady from Coventry who was left hospitalised after she was attacked and robbed in the street.
Eileen Flynn, who is 79 years old, had just left her friends and was on her way home when someone snatched her bag and dragged her to the ground. They stole her bag, which contained her glasses and around £70 in cash.
The attack left her with her arm broken in 5 places and 2 black eyes. She had to have surgery and has been in hospital for the past 3 weeks.
Eileen’s granddaughter, Laura, said her nan was putting on a brave face, but was very shaken up and in a lot of pain. But thankfully Eileen was starting to do a bit better and was expected to be able to leave hospital after a few weeks. She lives on her own in sheltered accommodation, so was being given some carers to help her while she recovers.
The West Midlands Police described the robbery as a truly sickening attack on a vulnerable lady.
Eileen had sadly seen the worst of side human nature - we wanted to show her the best. We put out a call to the 52 Lives supporters and, thanks to their amazing generosity, this is what we were able to do:
- We replaced Eileen's stolen handbag and wallet and bought her personal and home security alarms
- We raised £1,137.66! This allowed us to pay some of Eileen's bills and send gift cards so she can buy the things she needs for her home.
- Filled her home with beautiful cards and flowers
Thankyou so much to Fran, Lorraine and James for the flowers, to the carers and lovely people who offered assistance to Eileen, to Hannah, the Haywood family, the children at Mice to Meet You Playgroup in Manchester, to Phillip who offered to buy Eileen and her friends lunch, and every single one of you who bought gifts from Eileen’s wishlist and sent such beautiful cards and messages. Thanks also to Gala Bingo for all their support.
Eileen sadly had to see the worst side of human behaviour, but kind people turned it around and showed her how good the world really is.