B&Q replaces family's stolen Christmas lights

The Bolton News: Mathew Torkington, showrooms customer adviser, left, and John Pritchard, showroom manager, with Samantha West and her grandchildren Ella, aged three, and Lillie, aged two Mathew Torkington, showrooms customer adviser, left, and John Pritchard, showroom manager, with Samantha West and her grandchildren Ella, aged three, and Lillie, aged two

A FAMILY left heartbroken when their Christmas lights were vandalised and decorations stolen has received some seasonal goodwill.

A £250 model train, which has illuminated the front of Samantha West’s house in Morris Green for seven years, was taken last week by thieves.

Ms West, aged 36, was then the subject of a second attack from vandals last weekend, after she had finally managed to get the rest of her lights working again.

But now, homeware store B&Q has stepped in and donated a tree and an illuminated Santa to the West family.

Ms West said: “It’s a brilliant gesture after all that we have been through and we will be rigging up the lighting at the back now, I think.

“People have told me that I am being targeted by the same people. I just despair at them doing things like this at this time of year.”

Ms West’s daughter Chloe, aged 21, sons Burnden, aged 14, and seven-year-old Keaton, have grown-up used to the train and its two carriages illuminating the outside of their home.

This made the theft all the more upsetting to Ms West but her children, and gran-ddaughters Ella, aged three, and Lillie, aged two, now have new decorations to enjoy at the home.

John Pritchard, showroom manager at B&Q in Bolton, said: “We are well invested in the community and we are always happy to help in situations such as this.

“The lady who alerted us is the real good samaritan, as she was proactive and decided something had to be done after she had read the story.

“She said she had been moved to tears by it so of course we were delighted to help.”

Joan Bromley, who brought the story to the attention of B&Q, said: “I just thought it was despicable when I read the story.

“Coming just before Chris-tmas, it’s even worse.

“I’ve had children and grandchildren myself so I know how upsetting things like this can be to kids. I’m just glad I could help.”

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8:08am Sun 22 Dec 13

oftbewildered2 says...

it is nice to hear that people help with replacing items which have been stolen etc - unfortunately would-be thieves interpret this as 'it is all right - someone will give them another one'. Difficult to know what to do, but please let us not stop helping out.
it is nice to hear that people help with replacing items which have been stolen etc - unfortunately would-be thieves interpret this as 'it is all right - someone will give them another one'. Difficult to know what to do, but please let us not stop helping out. oftbewildered2

6:31pm Sun 22 Dec 13

I, Ludicrous says...

As anyone that's ever dealt with B&Q will doubtlessly attest, it'll be their supplier that's been leant on here to supply the freebies, with B&Q garnering all the publicity. It's simply how they operate. Merry Christmas.
As anyone that's ever dealt with B&Q will doubtlessly attest, it'll be their supplier that's been leant on here to supply the freebies, with B&Q garnering all the publicity. It's simply how they operate. Merry Christmas. I, Ludicrous

9:00pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Beyond News Forum says...

I, Ludicrous wrote:
As anyone that's ever dealt with B&Q will doubtlessly attest, it'll be their supplier that's been leant on here to supply the freebies, with B&Q garnering all the publicity. It's simply how they operate. Merry Christmas.
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[quote][p][bold]I, Ludicrous[/bold] wrote: As anyone that's ever dealt with B&Q will doubtlessly attest, it'll be their supplier that's been leant on here to supply the freebies, with B&Q garnering all the publicity. It's simply how they operate. Merry Christmas.[/p][/quote]This. Beyond News Forum

12:58pm Mon 23 Dec 13

boltonnut says...

Wonderful gesture,it doesn't matter where the lights come from,it's all about making the children happy.
Wonderful gesture,it doesn't matter where the lights come from,it's all about making the children happy. boltonnut

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