Wheelchair woman's stolen handbag heartbreak

PUBLISHED: 09:00 31 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:39 25 May 2010

A DISABLED Congresbury woman had her handbag containing £300 stolen from her wheelchair as she went on a rare shopping trip.

A DISABLED Congresbury woman had her handbag containing £300 stolen from her wheelchair as she went on a rare shopping trip.

Cruel thieves swiped Beverly Mattock's purse shortly after she withdrew money from a Clevedon cashpoint to pay for building work at her Southside home.

But the woe of the 46-year-old, who is in constant pain, was eased by the kindness of strangers when her son Harrison and his friend Isobel Macfarlane undertook a door-to-door collection to raise money on her behalf.

Beverly, who requires oxygen cylinders due to a rare lung condition, said: "It just makes you sick that somebody would do such a thing.

"I'm a disabled woman who barely leaves the house and clearly cannot chase after anybody, so they must have seen me as an easy target and taken their chance.

"I was devastated, but when Harrison came home with Isobel and the collection I burst into tears of happiness."

When the pair of, St Andrew's School, heard about the theft, which took place on January 22, they took a collection tin and asked their neighbours in Southside for donations.

They were given a total of £27.89 to brighten Beverly's day, but she says the sum is insignificant next to the gesture.

Harrison said: "We got a box and decided we would go out to do fund-raising to help get some money for my mum because hers was stolen.

"It made me happy to be able to help out my mum."

Beverly, a mother of five and former life coach, said: "Everybody is so quick to run children down these days, but I think this shows what wonderful things they are capable of.

"I'm so proud of him and so thankful to everybody who donated money."

The black Domo handbag with a large silver buckle, which was a Christmas present, was being used for the first time and contained a sentimental brooch made by Beverly for her grandmother, which bears the inscription ET.

Beverly is keen to get the bag back, so if anybody knows where it is or has witnessed the crime, they should call Avon and Somerset Constabulary on 0845 4567000.

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