Gran’s plea to find students who helped when she fell
A great grandmother is appealing for help in finding a group of school students who came to her rescue when she fell over and broke her hip in a busy high street, writes Kate Ferguson. Lily Burbidge, 84, from Carlton Vale, South Kilburn, is eager to than
A great grandmother is appealing for help in finding a group of school students who came to her rescue when she fell over and broke her hip in a busy high street, writes Kate Ferguson.
Lily Burbidge, 84, from Carlton Vale, South Kilburn, is eager to thank the Good Samaritans who comforted her and called an ambulance after she fell outside Sainsbury's, in Kilburn High Road, earlier this month.
Mrs Burbidge lives alone and was recovering from a knee injury when she slipped and fell while doing her weekly grocery shopping. She said: "These lads came out of nowhere to lend me a helping hand. I was lying on the pavement and they came over and cradled my head so it wouldn't be on the concrete. One lad got me a glass of water while another called an ambulance.
"I was amazed at how caring these kids are. You hear so much in the papers about kids getting up to no good, but while someone else might have seen me lying on the ground and walked on by, they stopped and took the time to look after me. I am really grateful."
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Mrs Burbidge, who broke her hip in the fall, says a group of around 10 teenagers wearing navy blue blazers came to her aid.
She believes they may attend St Augustine's school or St George's school, both in Kilburn.
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She wrote to both schools telling them about the incident and asking them to help her track down the boys who helped her.
She said: "These kids were so good that I thought I should share their behaviour with the community.
"My family live outside London and I don't get to see them much, so it is a great comfort that young people are ready to step in and help me in my hour of need.
"I want to thank them personally for taking care of me."
Recovering from her injuries at home, Mrs Burbidge said the fall had left her shaken, but she is on the road to recovery now.
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