A DISABLED Wisbech pensioner has lost her “lifeline” after thieves stole a converted car from outside the care home where she lives.
The theft has devastated the family of 85-year-old Agnes Shreeve, who relied on the vehicle for life outside the home.
Inside the car was a special hoist which Agnes needs to cope with everyday tasks which people who are not disabled take for granted.
The vehicle is invaluable for her daughters Pauline Mason and Jocelyn Bays, who need it to take their mum out for the day and also bring her over to stay with them.
The distinctive yellow Ford Carmen, which was converted for wheelchair access, was stolen from the car park of Glennfield Care Home, on Money Bank, sometime overnight between Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11.
Jocelyn said: “This would seem just like an old yellow car, but it was mum’s and it was her lifeline to time outside the care home with her family.
“Mum is totally disabled and unfortunately, when the thieves took her car, they also took her hoist that was inside. Without this, we are unable to take her anywhere and can’t meet her personal needs.
“They didn’t just take her car, they took away our ability to enhance her life, which is very restricted.”
In a further blow, the car was only insured third-party and the family will struggle to replace it.
They can access services such as FACT but will miss the freedom of having their own vehicle.
Jocelyn added: “The thieves will probably have put the car in as scrap, but what they get from it will never amount to what they’ve taken from Mum.”
The family urge anyone who may have seen the car to get in touch with police on 0345-4564564 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555111.