‘Garden angels’ come to rescue

Presentation of money to Mark Jackson, to replace stolen patio items, at the Pike & Eel pub, Daventry.
Presentation of money to Mark Jackson, to replace stolen patio items, at the Pike & Eel pub, Daventry.
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A DISABLED Daventry man has expressed his gratitude to the community after they raised money to replace items stolen from his garden.

Mark Jackson, 43, who lives on the Grange estate, is bound to a wheelchair after being born with spina bifida and hoped to get his garden paved in order to use it.

Mr Jackson saved £366 from his disability allowance to pave over his grassy garden and, with the help of friend John Hunter and his colleague, he intended to have the work done. However, thieves entered Mr Jackson’s garden two weeks ago and stole the paving stone and cement.

Mr Jackson said: “I couldn’t believe that someone would do that, I was gobsmacked.”

After hearing Mr Jackson’s story in The Pike and Eel pub, Garry Taylor rallied members of the community including his brother, George, and pub landlady, Bev Martin, to raise the money to buy more paving stones for Mr Jackson.

The brothers also approached TBS building supplies in Daventry, where Mr Jackson originally bought the paving. Worker Timothy Chapel approached his manager who agreed to foot half of the bill for the new stones.

Mr Taylor said: “I was absolutely incensed that someone could do that to a disabled man and I wanted to do something about it. It’s just nice to help somebody out like that.”

The brothers presented a humbled Mr Jackson with the money for new paving on Tuesday at the Pike and Eel.

Mr Jackson said: “I am overwhelmed, it’s a lovely thing to do and I had no idea they were doing it.”

Mr Jackson plans to have his garden work done shortly using the money raised.

Mr Hunter, who is helping with the work, said: “The people around here pull together when something goes wrong, they help each other and it restores faith in humanity a little bit.”