Stanley fundraiser puts smile on face of girl hurt in bottle-throwing incident (From The Advertiser Series)
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Stanley fundraiser puts smile on face of girl hurt in bottle-throwing incident
Updated 6:08pm Sunday 16th March 2014 in By Gavin Engelbrecht
A MAN was so angered about a girl being badly hurt when a glass beer bottle was thrown through the window of her grandmother’s car he set out to raise money to put the smile back on her face.
John Drummond presented £218 to a delighted Abbie Keers at a meeting of the Stanley Positive Action Group (Spag) at the Tommy Armstrong Centre in, Stanley, County Durham.
The nine-year-old, from Stanley, was nearly blinded when a bottle was thrown at her grandmother’s car as she travelled in the passenger seat about a month ago.
Abbey suffered cuts to her nose and above her eye and needed plastic surgery to remove the glass from her face.
Mr Drummond said: “I was really angry when I saw the picture taken of Abbie after the incident - to think that anyone could do anything like that.
“I was upset too and thought I would do something to cheer her up and put a smile back on her face.”
Donations were handed in at the Tommy Armstrong Centre and Mr Drummond raised more through his travels as a service technician for Tesco.
He said “When I showed people the picture they were also angry. They gave donations from 50p to a pound and more. Members of Spag, of which I am a member, also contributed.”
An overwhelmed Abbie, who was also given two books, said: “Thank you. It’s really kind.”
Sergeant Dave Clarke, of Stanley Police, said: “What he has done is great. It’s important for Abbie to realise there are people who care. It’s nice to see the smile on her face."
- A 23-year-old man from the area has been arrested in connection with the incident and bailed pending further inquiries.
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