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South Kenton residents come together to help elderly woman trapped by St Jude’s storm

PUBLISHED: 17:11 04 November 2013 | UPDATED: 17:12 04 November 2013

Residents rallied around to help Gladys Park, far right Cllr Mohammed Butt (pic credit: Tramp)

Residents rallied around to help Gladys Park, far right Cllr Mohammed Butt (pic credit: Tramp)

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A community has come together to help remove a felled tree that left an elderly woman trapped in her own house following the St Jude’s storm.

The fallen tree was blocking Gladys Park's pathway (pic credit: Tramp)The fallen tree was blocking Gladys Park's pathway (pic credit: Tramp)

Gladys Park was unable to leave her home in South Kenton after the tree blocked her pathway following the storm and gale force winds last Monday.

When her concerned neighbours contacted the fire brigade and Brent Council on her behalf they told both were be unable to help because of fears of a wasp’s nest in the fallen tree.

However, once the members of South Kenton and Preston Park Residents Association (SKPPRA) heard about Ms Park they vowed to clear the tree away.

A local branch of hire company HSS aided efforts by supplying power tools free of charge and Cllr Mohammed Butter, leader of Brent Council, mucked in after hearing about the 87-year-old’s plight on a social-networking site.

Gladys Park faced being stuck in her home (pic credit: Tramp)Gladys Park faced being stuck in her home (pic credit: Tramp)

He said: “I heard about the story through Twitter and wanted to help.

“Helping people in need at their time of need is what community is all about

“We are losing the cohesiveness that holds a community together. We need to re-engage with our neighbours.”

The clear-up operation was kick-started by Malcolm “Tramp” Cash, 54, a local resident and retired police officer, who contacted SKPPRA for their help.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council, helped the residents (pic credit: Tramp)Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council, helped the residents (pic credit: Tramp)

Once the tree was moved it was found to contain a bird’s nest.


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