A woman is unable to visit her cancer-stricken grandson after thieves stole her carer’s van which had her wheelchair in it.
Yvonne Cotton was due to make the trip to Northampton at the weekend to visit Bradley Mortimer, her 21-year-old grandson who is undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with testicular, chest and lung cancer in May.
The 70-year-old, who suffers from spinal problems, is now unable to make the trip however after her neighbour Pierre Risso, who helps her get out and about, had his van stolen.
Mrs Cotton said: "It was stolen in broad daylight, and it had my wheelchair in it. We are totally shocked. I've hardly left the house since. I just wanted to go and see my grandson, but also my neighbour Pierre needs his van back too as he doesn’t have the money to replace it. We just hope someone can help."
Thieves took the van at around 5.30pm on Tuesday, June 24, from the street in which both Yvonne and Pierre live, St Jeromes Grove, Hayes.
The pair look out for each other, with Pierre often lending a helping hand when Yvonne needs to go somewhere. He was due to drive her to Northampton, but is now unable to do so.
“He had some insurance, but not enough to pay for a new van,” said Yvonne, who worked as a secretary for British Airways until her health problems forced her to retire in 1998. "Pierre did not notice it had gone until 9pm. We don’t know if they took it for a joy ride or stole it, all I know is that I need my chair and he needs his van – I just want to go and see my grandson.
"A lot of people get their vehicles stolen, and I appreciate that, but we just really need someone to help us."
The van is a white Suzuki Carry 1300, and the registration plate is LL04WZN.
If you can help, call police on the non-emergency number 101 with information.