Search

Hunt for Romford hero who helped OAP with dementia get home during cold snap

17:41 23 January 2013

Brenda Matthews travelled more than three miles from her home in Collier Row

Brenda Matthews travelled more than three miles from her home in Collier Row

Archant

The family of an elderly woman with dementia, who went missing from her home during this week’s freezing weather, are seeking the good samaritan who rescued her.

Brenda Matthews, who uses two walking sticks to get around, travelled more than three miles from her Collier Row house into Romford town centre.

The 80-year-old, who was not wearing a coat and sporting only slippers, was found knocking on doors in Albert Road - where she lived as a child - during Tuesday’s bitter conditions.

Mrs Matthews, who had been asking residents for a cup of tea, was looked after then driven home by a kindly stranger, who the family believes is called Maria and who drives a grey car.

Daughter Caroline Wiggins said: “I have no idea how my mum managed to make it so far alone. She must have got on a bus but she needs help walking across her front room. She walks very, very slowly, and when we go out she uses a wheelchair.

“The streets are so icy yet she managed to make it three-quarters of a mile from the bus stop in Romford to Albert Road. I can’t believe she didn’t have a fall.”

Mrs Matthews, who becomes confused due to vascular dementia, made it safely indoors when a neighbour spotted her being driven up and down their road.

Caroline said: “Her neighbour managed to get Mum home in the warm however in the confusion she did not get the lovely person’s contact details.

“I want to thank them in person for going the extra mile for a very vulnerable person, and bringing my mum home. The driving conditions were terrible.”

She added: “The whole family cannot believe how lucky we were on this occasion. This person is truly a good samaritan.”

If you are this person or know who she is, contact Jane Ball at the Recorder on: 0208 477 3878.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 18:28
Do you recognise this man?

This man is wanted for questioning by police in connection with two robberies in Romford town centre.

Yesterday, 16:52
The family of Prince the six-month-old pup were overjoyed and confused when their family pet was returned to them shaved.

A family was both overjoyed and bewildered when their missing dog was returned to them with less fur than he had left with.

Yesterday, 16:35
Daniel Radcliffe posed for this selfie with Zarra Cushing. The pair passed their tests at the same time. Picture: Zarra Cushing

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe passed his driving test in Hornchurch today.

Yesterday, 16:09
Planned engineering work could affect your journey this weekend.

There is a relatively minor programme of planned closures on the Tube and Overground network this weekend - but they could still affect your journey. Read on for the lowdown.

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition

Protesters have been warned they are banned from setting up camp at the landmark.

John Cantlie features in the new IS video, in which he talks about a recent failed military attack.

From Britain First’s Facebook posts, you would assume they’d won the Rochester by-election. They didn’t, but they’re claiming it anyway.

At 100 years old, this was Ruby Holt’s first visit to the beach – and the first time she saw the ocean.