Pensioner thanks Good Samaritan for helping her after fall

Lena Hipkin wants to thank a woman who held her hand and kept her calm throughout the incident

Lena Hipkin wants to thank a woman who held her hand and kept her calm throughout the incident

First published in News by , Reporter

A pensioner suffered a split lip and bruises after she fell over on an uneven surface in Braintree’s town centre.

Lena Hipkin, 87, of Meadow Park, Braintree, needed stitches after falling on the cobbled area outside Boots opticians in Great Square about 3pm last Wednesday afternoon.

Shoppers stayed with the great-grandmother for hours as she waited on the pavement until an ambulance took her to Broomfield Hospital.

The mum-of-three, a retired data manager, wanted to especially thank a woman who held her hand and kept her calm.

She said: “I caught my feet on the cobbles and I just went down."

See this week's Braintree and Witham Times for the full story.

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8:46pm Tue 2 Sep 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Hang on a moment!

It was commendable that a passer by was so kind as to comfort this lady as she is reported to have done. I rather hope that just about any one of us would similarly rise to the occasion.

But I detect a really significant news element within this story that simply just has not been given one iota of journalistic attention.

Do my eyes deceive me? Or did I really see a reference to an 87 year old lady left on the pavement until she was finally attended to?

I thought we had finally sunk to a pretty low point when 77 year old Les Littler lay in a gutter with a broken hip alongside a road in Halstead a year and a half or so ago. It seems that I might have been wrong!

Couldn't this lady have been taken inside one the shops and given a more suitable refuge? Good grief! she fell over right outside a Chemist Shop FFS! Was it not possible for a nurse or doctor from a nearby surgery to pop along and attend to her? Couldn't some 'Good Samaritan' have taken her in a car or taxi to A&E.

If it really is true that this unfortunate woman spent hours waiting on the pavement why in heavens name isn't the BWT campaigning like hell to get to the bottom of what is actually going on when this sort of thing can occur right in the middle of a town that aspires to gaining recognition and notoriety for its excellence in a National High Street Quality competition.

What a bloody awful feeble and pathetic report if ever there was one!

My sincere apologies if my comments in any way embarrass Mrs Hipkin - that is not my intention. I'm I afraid just can't avoid venting my spleen when I see evidence of such an uncaring approach to things of this nature. I truly hope you are on the mend Madam..
Hang on a moment! It was commendable that a passer by was so kind as to comfort this lady as she is reported to have done. I rather hope that just about any one of us would similarly rise to the occasion. But I detect a really significant news element within this story that simply just has not been given one iota of journalistic attention. Do my eyes deceive me? Or did I really see a reference to an 87 year old lady [that's right, 87 years of age!] left on the pavement [for hours it is said!] until she was finally attended to? I thought we had finally sunk to a pretty low point when 77 year old Les Littler lay in a gutter with a broken hip alongside a road in Halstead a year and a half or so ago. It seems that I might have been wrong! Couldn't this lady have been taken inside one the shops and given a more suitable refuge? Good grief! she fell over right outside a Chemist Shop FFS! Was it not possible for a nurse or doctor from a nearby surgery to pop along and attend to her? Couldn't some 'Good Samaritan' have taken her in a car or taxi to A&E. If it really is true that this unfortunate woman spent hours waiting on the pavement why in heavens name isn't the BWT campaigning like hell to get to the bottom of what is actually going on when this sort of thing can occur right in the middle of a town that aspires to gaining recognition and notoriety for its excellence in a National High Street Quality competition. What a bloody awful feeble and pathetic report if ever there was one! My sincere apologies if my comments in any way embarrass Mrs Hipkin - that is not my intention. I'm I afraid just can't avoid venting my spleen when I see evidence of such an uncaring approach to things of this nature. I truly hope you are on the mend Madam.. OMPITA [Intl]
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8:30am Wed 3 Sep 14

Bhudeeka says...

A note to Braintree and witham councils - fix our pavements!!!!!!
A note to Braintree and witham councils - fix our pavements!!!!!! Bhudeeka
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5:42pm Wed 3 Sep 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Braintree and witham councils eh?

I see that all your campaigning has finally borne fruit Bhudeeka. Separate councils at last. You must be chuffed!

Seems that they slipped the change in rather quietly however. I can't personally recall having seen any mention of it in the BWT.

I note that you only accord 'witham' a lower case leading letter. Not some Freudian acknowledgement that 'witham' is inferior to 'Braintree' by any chance is there?

That really wouldn't do! You'll never make mayor - sorry Mayor (of witham) at that rate.

Toodle Pip!
Braintree and witham councils eh? I see that all your campaigning has finally borne fruit Bhudeeka. Separate councils at last. You must be chuffed! Seems that they slipped the change in rather quietly however. I can't personally recall having seen any mention of it in the BWT. I note that you only accord 'witham' a lower case leading letter. Not some Freudian acknowledgement that 'witham' is inferior to 'Braintree' by any chance is there? That really wouldn't do! You'll never make mayor - sorry Mayor (of witham) at that rate. Toodle Pip! OMPITA [Intl]
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