Christmas cheer for 97 year-old crime victim


L-R Cllr Moore, Glynn Davies-Dear, Les Parsonage

L-R Cllr Moore, Glynn Davies-Dear, Les Parsonage

A 97-year old partially sighted victim of crime can afford to look forward to a happier Christmas after well -wishers collected £230 for him.

Les Parsonage, who was a resident of Common Road, Chandler’s Ford for 50 years, lost £450 to a cruel trickster while he was out collecting his pension at Fryern Arcade last September.

The shocking story generated a huge surge of traffic when it appeared on the Eastleigh News website and the County Councillor for Eastleigh East Andy Moore acted as trustee to an appeal fund which raised the £230 after it was advertised on local news sites.

Earlier today Cllr Moore presented the collection to Mr Parsonage at his Bassett home.

The £230 is addition to another collection of £500 made by customers and staff at the Chandler’s Ford Post Office where Mr Parsonage used to draw his pension.

People from as far away as Australia and Holland had chipped in to bring some cheer to an ‘amazed’ Mr Parsonage who told reporters that the collection had gone some way to restoring his faith in humanity while niece Sharon expressed thanks on behalf of the family to all those who had donated.

Mr Parsonage admitted “I still feel about nervous about going out on my own” and said he no longer travels to Chandler’s Ford by bus alone.

His niece who helps to care for him, said it was appalling to think that people were too frightened to travel about for fear of being attacked.

The family told Eastleigh News that despite a widespread appeal the police had not been able to catch the thief but as details remained on file, if the perpetrator was caught reoffending they could still be charged.

Former Eastleigh Mayor Glynn Davies-Dear, who was also at the presentation, said he thought the collection was not just an act of sympathy by local residents but also a protest against crime.

  4 comments for “Christmas cheer for 97 year-old crime victim

  1. December 21, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Now that’s a great story and I also would like to wish Les a great Christmas and tip my hat too everyone who made the effort to show Les that there are still some good people in the world. As for the thief that stole Les’s money, I hope you die soon in horrible circumstances and that you do it somewhere near me so I can defecate on your stinking remains you dirty evil scum bag.

    Not very PC I know and I am sure Hants Police will pay me a visit for expressing my own views as they did in a story reported in an earlier post, but that’s my opinion and I have every right to express it.

    Merry Christmas.!

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      December 23, 2013 at 1:43 am

      If i remember rightly it was you, in comments on this site, who proposed a collection for Mr Parsonage – so well done Matthew.

  2. Pete Stewart
    December 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Well done Andy. In addition to serving as trustee (as you also do for the Gurkas) you organized the collection, ran it single handedly, kept the accounts and arranged the presentation just before Christmas, which was rather a nice touch. Finally thanks to the people who donated despite challenging economic times. Well done again Andy and also for keeping politics out of it.

  3. Pete Stewart
    December 23, 2013 at 9:19 am

    My apologies Matthew for not mentioning you in my comment of the 22nd (below). However I also didn’t mention all the other people who helped turn it from an idea into a practical reality. As I said at the time, it was a great idea you had and when I put it to Andy, he had been thinking along the same lines. However it was Andy’s practical initiative that created this collection and I believe he deserves to get full credit, because had he not done all the donkey work, I doubt very much whether it would have gone from the idea stage to the practical stage.

    Obviously at the presentation, Andy thanked all those who donated, because without them, there would have been no gift to present.

    But I freely admit that it was a great idea. So for the sake of fairness, here’s what I said in the original article in September:

    “Damned good idea Matthew! I’ve just spoken to Andy Moore and he would be honoured to act as treasurer. He is a Trustee for the Nepalese Ghurkas in Eastleigh. Andy has specified that all donations would have to be by cheque and made payable to the gentleman in question and sent to:
    Cllr Andy Moore, c/o Hampshire County Council, the Castle, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UJ.

    Obviously we would need to know the name of the gentleman and Andy has said he wants to keep this non-political. Anyway Andy’s offer is there. As it’s your idea Matt, what do you think?”

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