Thieves steal disabled boy's wheelchair from home in Smithills

Sarah and Archie Parmenter are heartbroken after thieves stole the 12-year-old's wheelchair

Sarah and Archie Parmenter are heartbroken after thieves stole the 12-year-old's wheelchair

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , business editor

THE mother of a disabled boy has condemned the heartless thieves who broke in and stole his £3,000 wheelchair.

12-year-old Archie Parmenter suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy - he can barely walk and relies on the custom-built titanium wheelchair for mobility.

The wheelchair is used daily, often pushed by his six-year-old brother George on day trips, and to take him to Rumworth School in Bolton.

His mother, Sarah, aged 44, returned from a trip to the south this week to find the wheelchair, along with a 26-inch flat screen television, a bicycle and a rowing machine, missing from the garage of her home in Brynmoor, Smithills.

Public relations executive Mrs Parmenter said: “I am deeply shocked.

“I am a woman of the world and I get that there are thieves and that if you have things of certain value there is a chance they may get stolen.

“But the depth of their heartlessness in them taking what is clearly a child's wheelchair is something I just can't get my head around.

"I feel like it's my fault because it's my job to take care of Archie and make sure equipment like that is kept safe.

“I just wish it had been in the house, or somewhere they couldn't get at it.”

Mrs Parmenter is appealing for the thieves who stole the royal blue wheelchair, manufactured by Liverpool firm Da Vinci, with all terrain wheels — to return it.

She said: “They can keep the other stuff.

“If they would only return the wheelchair I would be grateful.

“It is the only way we can take Archie to school and on trips out.”

A police spokesman confirmed that they were investigating the theft.

They added: “We appeal to anyone who knows anything about the theft to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

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8:45am Sun 31 Aug 14

Essie62 says...

This is an absolutely despicable act of selfishness, like Mrs Parmenter said, keep the things like the TV but surely even the lowest of the low realise that taking a child's wheelchair is the ultimate act of cowardice! Let's hope it is returned soon. Thinking of you Saul and family .
This is an absolutely despicable act of selfishness, like Mrs Parmenter said, keep the things like the TV but surely even the lowest of the low realise that taking a child's wheelchair is the ultimate act of cowardice! Let's hope it is returned soon. Thinking of you Saul and family . Essie62
  • Score: 32

8:48am Sun 31 Aug 14

Essie62 says...

I'm so sorry Parmenter family, I had just read another story when I became enraged about your story and unwittingly mixed the name of your son with another. So ARCHIE I hope your wheelchair is returned soon, keep strong.
I'm so sorry Parmenter family, I had just read another story when I became enraged about your story and unwittingly mixed the name of your son with another. So ARCHIE I hope your wheelchair is returned soon, keep strong. Essie62
  • Score: 21

9:52am Sun 31 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

Sickening.
Sickening. Wolfie190
  • Score: 25

9:54am Sun 31 Aug 14

Johnny Jh says...

Nothing surprises me
On the practical front anything being done to replace loss?
Johnny
Nothing surprises me On the practical front anything being done to replace loss? Johnny Johnny Jh
  • Score: 15

10:33am Sun 31 Aug 14

united99 says...

Lowest of the low - hope he gets his wheelchair back soon.
Lowest of the low - hope he gets his wheelchair back soon. united99
  • Score: 18

10:55am Sun 31 Aug 14

calvin street says...

Absolute scum Bring back the birch plain and simple . If the lady doesn't get the wheelchair returned why doesn't Bolton News set up a donating account for a new one , I would throw some money in.
Absolute scum Bring back the birch plain and simple . If the lady doesn't get the wheelchair returned why doesn't Bolton News set up a donating account for a new one , I would throw some money in. calvin street
  • Score: 27

11:03am Sun 31 Aug 14

Hannah4 says...

They probably only took it to transport everything else. The selfish thieves have probably dumped it somewhere now. I hope they rot in hell!
They probably only took it to transport everything else. The selfish thieves have probably dumped it somewhere now. I hope they rot in hell! Hannah4
  • Score: 15

11:13am Sun 31 Aug 14

Blackrod says...

Dear thieves, I don't care what excuses you come up with to justify taking things that are not yours. I do care about that boy getting out and about with as little hassle and most comfort as possible. Please give the chair back, even if you dump it then give an cowardly anonymous call to police of where to find it. Archie and family deserve all our support so if you know who took it get them to give it back and / or shop them!
Dear thieves, I don't care what excuses you come up with to justify taking things that are not yours. I do care about that boy getting out and about with as little hassle and most comfort as possible. Please give the chair back, even if you dump it then give an cowardly anonymous call to police of where to find it. Archie and family deserve all our support so if you know who took it get them to give it back and / or shop them! Blackrod
  • Score: 20

11:30am Sun 31 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

"I feel like it's my fault because it's my job to take care of Archie and make sure equipment like that is kept safe.





It most certainly is NOT your fault!!!
The Scum who stole Archie's Wheelchair, are the lowest of the low.

They make me sick and I hope their sad little lives go downhill even further, when The Police catch up with them.
"I feel like it's my fault because it's my job to take care of Archie and make sure equipment like that is kept safe. It most certainly is NOT your fault!!! The Scum who stole Archie's Wheelchair, are the lowest of the low. They make me sick and I hope their sad little lives go downhill even further, when The Police catch up with them. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 18

12:31pm Sun 31 Aug 14

melloj says...

Like I said in a post on here the other day. Burglary is a HATE CRIME!!! And should be recognised as such. It isn't just about stealing property it's about causing as much grief and misery as possible. They'd steal the clothes off a childs back. And I agree we should bring back corporal punishment.
Like I said in a post on here the other day. Burglary is a HATE CRIME!!! And should be recognised as such. It isn't just about stealing property it's about causing as much grief and misery as possible. They'd steal the clothes off a childs back. And I agree we should bring back corporal punishment. melloj
  • Score: 15

12:40pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Ch227dsh says...

Yep. I'm deffo all for putting a donation into getting this little chap a chair. I doubt the original one will be returned, and if so, will it be useable? Donation page please BEN
Yep. I'm deffo all for putting a donation into getting this little chap a chair. I doubt the original one will be returned, and if so, will it be useable? Donation page please BEN Ch227dsh
  • Score: 16

1:02pm Sun 31 Aug 14

pendletrotter says...

The sad thing is this has probably been sold for 10 shots in the arm. Maybe it's time to decriminalise drugs, at least then cut out the dealers and the need to thieve just for the next fix. The option is dish out sentence's to fit the crime not a slap on the wrist and a tenner from the poor box
The sad thing is this has probably been sold for 10 shots in the arm. Maybe it's time to decriminalise drugs, at least then cut out the dealers and the need to thieve just for the next fix. The option is dish out sentence's to fit the crime not a slap on the wrist and a tenner from the poor box pendletrotter
  • Score: 8

3:20pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Horwich Observer says...

I hope one day the nasty low life thieving scumbag that stole this little boys wheelchair, is dependent on a wheelchair themselves. Then they may realise the hardship they have caused him.
They have probably pulled it to pieces and sold to a scrap metal dealer for the price of a drug deal.
Don't blame yourself Mrs Parmenter this is no fault of yours. Good luck for the future Archie.
I hope one day the nasty low life thieving scumbag that stole this little boys wheelchair, is dependent on a wheelchair themselves. Then they may realise the hardship they have caused him. They have probably pulled it to pieces and sold to a scrap metal dealer for the price of a drug deal. Don't blame yourself Mrs Parmenter this is no fault of yours. Good luck for the future Archie. Horwich Observer
  • Score: 9

6:09pm Sun 31 Aug 14

EmShambles says...

I've heard it all now. Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting.
I've heard it all now. Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting. EmShambles
  • Score: 7

6:48pm Sun 31 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

The thief is prob a product of either drug pusher scum or dhss.
The thief is prob a product of either drug pusher scum or dhss. artistpaint
  • Score: 6

6:48pm Sun 31 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

Dhss policy...
Dhss policy... artistpaint
  • Score: 4

12:16am Mon 1 Sep 14

skintight says...

It's probably in a scrapyard by now!!!
It's probably in a scrapyard by now!!! skintight
  • Score: 1

9:38am Mon 1 Sep 14

nickyboy70 says...

as a wheelchair user myself our hearts go out to you. I hope you find out whos done it and let you and your son in a room with them for 5 mins so they can see how much harm they have done. I would not be able to go out without mine. in blackpool you see people pushing shopping around in them which makes me and my husbands blood boil. The govorment would have a field day in blackpool if they came and saw how many people where actually useing them wrongly. I hope yours will be back soon. donna and nick from blackpool.
as a wheelchair user myself our hearts go out to you. I hope you find out whos done it and let you and your son in a room with them for 5 mins so they can see how much harm they have done. I would not be able to go out without mine. in blackpool you see people pushing shopping around in them which makes me and my husbands blood boil. The govorment would have a field day in blackpool if they came and saw how many people where actually useing them wrongly. I hope yours will be back soon. donna and nick from blackpool. nickyboy70
  • Score: 1

4:21pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Sarah&Archie says...

Thanks so much to everyone who has sent us your best wishes. Archie and I are so touched by your kind messages of support.

We've not had the chair returned sadly, but my good friend David has set up a Go Fund Me donation page.

So In response to your questions re. replacement fund - I wasn't expecting any financial assistance at all from anyone, but he went ahead and set it up because he knew I wouldn't do it myself!

I feel responsible for the wheelchair loss as the garage was not properly secured and therefore is not covered by my house insurance.

Anyway, If anyone would like to make a donation, Archie Wheelchair Fund page is at: http://www.gofundme.
com/dp1hss

Any contribution is very gratefully received, however small :)

Best wishes
Sarah and Archie Parmenter x
Thanks so much to everyone who has sent us your best wishes. Archie and I are so touched by your kind messages of support. We've not had the chair returned sadly, but my good friend David has set up a Go Fund Me donation page. So In response to your questions re. replacement fund - I wasn't expecting any financial assistance at all from anyone, but he went ahead and set it up because he knew I wouldn't do it myself! I feel responsible for the wheelchair loss as the garage was not properly secured and therefore is not covered by my house insurance. Anyway, If anyone would like to make a donation, Archie Wheelchair Fund page is at: http://www.gofundme. com/dp1hss Any contribution is very gratefully received, however small :) Best wishes Sarah and Archie Parmenter x Sarah&Archie
  • Score: 0
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