Taxi firm lifts the spirits of OAP who had purse stolen

Mary Quantrill, 86, from Copnor, with the gifts given to her by taxi drivers after she had her purse stolen Picture: Sarah Standing (151878-289)

Mary Quantrill, 86, from Copnor, with the gifts given to her by taxi drivers after she had her purse stolen Picture: Sarah Standing (151878-289)

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  • Pensioner was followed from Post Officer after withdrawing £200 pension
  • Purse was then stolen in Tesco
  • Victim told taxi driver and was later sent gifts and cash by kind-hearted taxi firm
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A PENSIONER has thanked to a taxi firm that turned up at her doorstep with chocolates and flowers after she was mugged having just drawn out her pension.

Mary Quantrill also received £100 in cash from Aqua Cars, which heard about what happened and wanted to do something to cheer her up.

One of the drivers came around and said they had had a whip round for me. I can’t get over it. It’s amazing. ‘It’s absolutely amazed me and I am very touched.

Mary Quantrill

The 86-year-old had just drawn out her £200 pension when her purse was stolen while she was in Tesco in Cosham high street in Portsmouth.

She got a taxi home and talked to the driver about what happened and a few days later she had a knock at the door.

One of the drivers from Aqua was on her doorstep holding chocolates, flowers and £100 in cash.

‘I haven’t stopped crying. I felt a bit down that somebody would be so mean,’ Mrs Quantrill said.

‘This was a lovely thought. I know the drivers very well because I have got a disability pension, which I save for taxis because I can’t walk very far.

‘One of the drivers came around and said they had had a whip round for me.

‘I can’t get over it. It’s amazing.

‘It’s absolutely amazed me and I am touched.

‘They have got to know me. We chat a lot and they tell me about their families and what’s going on in their lives. I do know them very well.’

After dropping Mrs Quantrill off, her taxi driver went back to the firm’s office and told his colleagues what had happened to her.

Aqua Cars boss Ronnie Leng overheard what had happened and asked the driver to deliver the flowers, chocolates and cash to Mrs Quantrill.

General manager Bruce Hall said: ‘We did it because it was the right thing to do and in the true spirit of Christmas.

‘The lady is a regular customer of ours and the boss was very upset to hear what had happened to her.

‘Her driver said she was very upset by it so Ronnie immediately asked him to drop the flowers, chocolates and cash round to he because, as a company, we were all moved by what happened.’

Aqua Cars has been in Portsmouth for 25 years.

The company began life in 1990 with just a few cars and now has more than 700 on the road.

It also supports youth football teams and The Rowans Hospice, in Purbrook.

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