You’re in Our Hearts
Thursday 13th February 2014 11:30 Community Posted by Max Wieland
THINKING OF YOU: Pupils Joe Read, Methembe Moyo, Molly Peplow and Rebecca Welsh with PCSO Brendan McNamara, left, and PC Nancy Karvela.

THINKING OF YOU: Pupils Joe Read, Methembe Moyo, Molly Peplow and Rebecca Welsh with PCSO Brendan McNamara, left, and PC Nancy Karvela.

Kind hearted pupils at a Tameside primary school have rallied round to offer gifts of love to a pensioner who was viciously beaten by thugs.

Pupils at Manor Green Primary in Denton have sent cards and letters to the 79-year-old who was attacked as she walked home from the Mancunion Way Tesco in Haughton Green.

She was robbed and severely beaten by four men and left so traumatised she locked herself away at home for a week before the attack was reported.

Pupils at Manor Green said they were left feeling distraught and scared after reading about the attack in the newspaper, but they immediately wanted to help and set about making get well cards and letters for pensioner Joan.

Year Six pupil Rebecca Welsh said: “We wrote about how we would support her and how we thought it was horrible and we wanted her to know that not everybody is like that and we’re here for her if she needs us.”

Head Teacher Jackie Lomas said: “The children saw the photo of Joan and they were absolutely shocked and devastated.

“Completely off their own backs they decided they wanted to do something for her. I can’t say we were surprised as they are really good citizens.”

The school then got in touch with their local police officer, Nancy Karvela, who visited the school to speak with the pupils about the incident, which happened just after New Year.

Nancy then delivered the items the pupils had made for Joan to her home.

Nancy said: “They’ve been absolutely fantastic. They had a think about it and compared how they would feel if that had happened to their grandmothers, so as a result they got together and wrote letters and get well cards.

“We picked up the cards and delivered them to Joan who was absolutely delighted and very happy that the community and the children had thought of her and have been so proactive in helping to make her feel better.”

Nancy said Joan is now doing much better, her injuries have gone and she is overwhelmed by the support from her community.

Pupils hope that when Joan feels well enough they will be able to go and visit her and the children have already invited her to attend one of their coffee mornings.

Police are still hunting for the four men who attacked Joan.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Hyde Police Station on (0161) 856 9484 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

HORRIFIC: Joan was left badly beaten in the attack but is now recovering well at home.

HORRIFIC: Joan was left badly beaten in the attack but is now recovering well at home.