A GROUP of Wisbech teenagers is so disgusted by the attack on a pensioner featured on the front page of last week’s Citizen they have launched a fundraising effort to help him.
Young people attending courses at Nacro in Wisbech also hope to improve the image of youngsters claiming they often get a bad press.
Seventeen-year-olds Lewis Hewitt and Jamie Lilley were so angered by the story they came up with the idea of doing something to help the 91-year-old attack victim, who was left bleeding on a Wisbech pavement after being assaulted by a group of up to six teenagers and robbed.
The man, who does not want to be identified, was so traumatised and upset by the attack, which happened in Kings Road at around 6.30pm on Monday February 20, he was reluctant to even speak about the incident to police.
The Nacro students, who are all studying a foundation learning course, have approached local businesses asking for raffle prizes.
They will be running the raffle on March 20 and will donate all proceeds via the Citizen to the elderly victim.
Speaking on Thursday the group of irate young people expressed their disgust at the attack and said they were totally horrified by the man’s ordeal.
They said those responsible need to be caught and punished.
The young people also said that attacks like this just add to the bad impression the public tend to have of teenagers as being trouble makers, especially if they are wearing hoodies.
“You wear a hood and you are immediately branded as being a trouble maker. We want to show that most young people are not bad,” said 18-year-old Paul Evans, a sentiment agreed by his fellow students: Jason Tomkinson (19), Lee Knight (18), John Pyle (17), Jordan Dineen (18), Kayleigh Mawdsley (17), Rose Smith (16) and Jake Garner (18).
They are all helping Lewis and Jamie organise the raffle and are hoping the public and local businesses will get behind them and donate prizes so they can raise as much money as possible.
Prizes can be dropped off at the Nacro building in Hill Street, or at the Fenland Citizen office at 11 Union Street.