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Kind-hearted Coventry teens thanked for helping 90-year-old dementia sufferer

Coventry Editorial 23rd Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A PAIR of kind-hearted Coventry teenagers have been praised for caring for an elderly dementia sufferer they stumbled across in the early hours of the morning.

Hannah Wells and Maisie Clarke spotted the 90-year-old man – who appeared to be confused and distressed – in Warwick Road, Coventry, just after midnight on August 10.

The 17-year-olds offered the man a coat to keep warm, called police and stayed with him until officers arrived.

Officers identified the disorientated pensioner as having recently gone missing from a care home and safely returned him.

Recalling the early morning encounter Hannah – a student at Warwickshire College – said the pair were walking back from a friend’s house when they saw the man standing by the road.

“We were initially apprehensive, given the time of the day and the fact it was dark,” she explained.

“But as we went to walk past we saw it was a frail man who said ‘I need your help, I am lost.’

“He was cold so I gave him a coat to keep warm and we tried to put him at ease.

“Maisie called the police who arrived really quickly.

“We are proud of ourselves; but if you see someone struggling it is just natural to want to help them.”

Hannah Wells and Maisie Clarke have been praised for helping an elderly dementia sufferer who was lost late at night. s

Maisie added: “We were concerned he was going to try and cross the road and could get hurt, so there was no way we were going to leave him.

“We are just pleased he was able to go back home safely.”

The girls have been thanked for their actions to ensure the man was unharmed – and showing how the public and police can work together to help the most vulnerable.

Chief Superintendent Danny Long , from Coventry Police, said: “This was an outstanding act of kindness by Hannah and Maisie to help someone who is extremely vulnerable; it highlights how important the public are in helping us ensure the safety and well-being of others.

“It would have been easy to simply walk on by and forget all about it but the girls realised the man was in distress and were determined to help out.

“They should be immensely proud of their actions and it has been fantastic to meet them in person to thank them.”