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Faith in human kindness has been restored

ALL CREATURES: Mark Gill, from Springfields Garden Centre, with home manager Tracey Laud, and some of the animal ornaments donated by well-wishers. SG161213-112TW

ALL CREATURES: Mark Gill, from Springfields Garden Centre, with home manager Tracey Laud, and some of the animal ornaments donated by well-wishers. SG161213-112TW

Well-wishers have restored elderly people’s faith in human kindness by donating animal ornaments to replace those stolen in a heartless raid.

Brun Lea care home in Surfleet Road, Pinchbeck, was targeted by thieves who stole part of the residents’ treasured collection of life-like animal garden ornaments.

The collection of chickens, cockerels, owls and tortoises were much-loved conversation pieces for the 19 residents, who include dementia sufferers – and two “very poorly residents” enjoyed sitting near the patio windows so they could look out at the menagerie.

Our readers, home staff and Springfields Garden Centre sprang to the rescue by donating all creatures great and small to the residents to put a smile back on their faces.

Home manager Tracey Laud said: “It has restored our faith – it’s nice to know there are so many kind people out there. We are really, really pleased. Now we have got more than we started with and we are very happy about that.”

One reader travelled from Crowland to deliver some concrete animals which are weighty enough to be left safely outside, but others will remain indoors to avoid the risk of another theft like the one on the weekend of November 16-17.

The animal ornaments had been left on display on the patio at the front of the home and could not be seen from the road, but the thieves scaled a gate to steal them.

Mrs Laud said the home may consider putting other ornaments outside again, but this time it will be at the back of the home to cut the risk of another theft.

The home did its own fundraising to buy the animals from Springfields Garden Centre and the centre’s Mark Gill visited on Monday with replacements for some of the ones that were stolen together with a lovely Border Collie dog that’s taking pride of place in the indoor display.

 

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