'Thank you for your kindness' - Stevenage pensioner moved by offers of help after vandal attack on late husband's car
PUBLISHED: 12:45 12 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:45 12 January 2016
A Stevenage woman left heartbroken after her late husband's beloved car was vandalised has had her faith in humanity restored.
The 64-year-old woman, who did not want to be named, has received several offers of help to repair the Mercedes-Benz E-Class after the Comet reported how it is thought to have been scraped several times with a brick in a zig-zag motion all the way along its side while it was parked in Woodstock, Knebworth.
The pensioner, whose husband died in her arms in October following a long illness, had told how she felt ‘terribly distraught’ about the damage to his pride and joy.
Unwilling to make a claim for the damage – which would cost about £2,500 to put right – because the car would be written off, she had said she was looking for a job so she could pay for the repairs needed.
After speaking about the vandalism in the Comet’s New Year’s Eve edition, she has had several offers of help to fix the car.
She said: “I know there are a lot of kind people out there because of the reaction I have had from all sorts of people.
“What happened was like a kick in the guts because my husband had loved the car so much. It was so unnecessary and mindless.
“I will be contacting the people and thanking them for their offers of help and just taking it from there.”
Police are investigating the vandalism, which is believed to have occurred between 3pm on Saturday, December 19, and 1pm the following day. Call 101 if you have information.