I ATTENDED the Polegate Residents’ Association coffee morning and sat next to a gentleman, Ken Shadick, who told me that he had gone shopping at Sainsburys on Sunday March 4.
For some reason the card machine would not accept his pin number despite him believing he was entering the correct number, it subsequently blocked the card.
Mr Shadick suffers from asthma and related breathing problems and the stress of the card problem brought on an attack.
Sainsburys first aid people came to assist him. But, by chance, Tim Fellows, clinical operations manager for the ambulance service, who was in the store with his wife Liz, both off duty and doing their shopping, quickly came to Mr Shadick’s aid.
Ken Shadick was concerned at not having paid for his shopping and that his car was in the car park, needing both at home.
Mr Fellows went to a cash machine and withdraw his own money to pay for Mr Shadick’s shopping, he then accompanied him home to Polegate, unloaded the shopping, made him comfortable.
He then called an on-duty colleague to come and check Mr Shadick.
Mr Shadick cannot express to Mr and Mrs Fellows just how grateful he is for their actions.
I think it wonderful that in this world of so many awful happenings there are people who simply care, who give to others with such dedication and kindness yet rarely receive the appreciation so richly deserved.
CLLR JOE O’RIORDAN,