LETTER: Guardian angel on the seafront

May I, through your newspaper, give my thanks to the Good Samaritan who took care of my father? On Saturday, March 19, my 89-year-old father, Ron Parsons, who is hearing and sight impaired, went missing from his home that he shares with my mother and found his way to Eastbourne’s promenade. He was distressed when he left and I have no idea how he was when he found himself by the beach, we only know that he wasn’t in a very good frame of mind. He was approached by a very kind gentleman from East Dean who asked if he needed help. Apparently this lovely man took the time to talk to my father and in dad’s words ‘talked some sense into him!’ He also gave dad £5 to buy a cup of tea and scone in one of the seafront cafes.

I have no idea if this gentleman knew dad or not, but in my eyes he was dad’s guardian angel. He made sure he was safe and warm whilst his family, his neighbours and 20 police officers were out searching for him. I would also like to thank the two ladies who eventually brought him home and the dozens of people who helped in the search for him.

I think I speak for the rest of my family in saying that the kind actions of all of these people has restored our faith in human nature.

Beverley Hayter

Charleston Road

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