A WOMAN whose car has been trapped under a tree in her front garden for a week is amazed at the help given by family and friends.
Marion Andrews, 80, of Fairacres, Ruislip, was lucky to escape being crushed under the huge tree when it fell on her car on Tuesday night last week.
Mrs Andrews was alerted when neighbours knocked on her door in panic.
“I got a knock at the door and it was my neighbours, they were worried that I was in my car because it had fallen right on top of it.
“Thank goodness it was only on the car, and it’s not life and limb, but it’s a 15-minute walk in every direction to the nearest bus stop and I need my car,” she said.
She said she has been overwhelmed by the help she has received while she has been without transport.
“I’m amazed because I have had so many people offering to take me here and there, give me rides and take me shopping,” she said.
“I cant believe the kindness of people, everyone has been so nice, I’m so lucky. I believe in being positive and not negative, and I really do think I am lucky.
“It could have been so much worse, I could have been in the car, or if the tree had fallen the other way on my neighbour’s house it could have fallen on the room where their little boy sleeps.
“It’s only a car, it is not as important as people.”
Her insurance company has told Mrs Andrews it cannot repair her Honda Civic until the tree is removed.
“Now the pensioner is waiting for a contractor to be selected to remove the tree, after she received a visit from a building services officer from claims management company GAB Robins on Monday.
“I'm waiting for their report. I've had three quotes so it's up to them now. The insurance will pay for it so it takes as long as it takes,” Mrs Andrews said.