Housing staff save Christmas after elderly tenant is burgled
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing
Staff at a housing association have rallied round after a terminally ill tenant had her Christmas gifts burgled.
Thieves broke into 87-year-old Christina Hewitt's home and stole Christmas presents meant for her grandchildren. The crooks also stole £1,000 in savings, meaning she was unable to replace the gifts.
But after seeing Mrs Hewitt’s story on the local news, kind-hearted staff at Northwards Housing donated their spare cash and raised enough money to replace most of the stolen presents.
Northwards and contractors Manchester Working also arranged for a hamper of goodies to be delivered to her home.
Mike Stevens, director of neighbourhood services, played Santa and delivered a cheque to Mrs Hewitt. He said: "Staff at Northwards have shown their Christmas spirit! The report on the news moved our employees so much that we were spurred into action.
"Within a matter of hours, we had raised enough money to replace most of Mrs Hewitt’s gifts. I am very proud of the generosity shown by our staff. Once again, it shows we are willing to go the extra mile to help our tenants!"
Mrs Hewitt, who has recently been diagnosed with lung cancer, said: "I am absolutely over the moon. I was heartbroken when the presents went missing. This just goes to show that not everyone is bad!"
Northwards Wardens have now strengthened security in Mrs Hewitt’s property.