NHS nurse devastated after thugs trash car stopping her from delivering lifesaving supplies to vulnerable residents – The Sun

A NURSE said she was "devastated" after her car was trashed by thugs — leaving her unable to help vulnerable clients during the coronavirus lockdown.

Sylvia Hunter, 59, from Farringdon, in Sunderland, was horrified to discover the windows of her red Skoda had been smashed by thugs at around 11pm on Friday.

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It comes after NHS medics on the frontline of Britain's coronavirus emergency have been targeted by thugs who smashed up their cars while they treated the sick.

Sylvia's car had been scratched with a key, while both the front and back windows were smashed — causing up to £500 worth of damage.

The practise nurse, who works for a local GP surgery, carries out home visits for the elderly and vulnerable who are unable to leave the house during the lockdown.

But because of the damage caused to her car, the NHS hero is unable to go to work to help those in need and has had to call her work to say she can no longer visit her clients.

The Sun Online has approached Northumbria Police for comment.

Following the heartless incident, her granddaughter Adelle Turner, 21, set up a JustGiving page to help raise £500 to get her grandma back on the road again.

She told The Chronicle: "She's a bit shook up and quite angry.

"It's frustrating because she wants to be able to help these people, she doesn't want to be sat at home doing nothing.

"If anything happened to one of her clients, if they got ill, she would never forgive herself.

"She really cares about them and wants to get back to helping them."

It's frustrating because she wants to be able to help these people, she doesn't want to be sat at home doing nothing

Adelle hopes that some positivity can come out of such an awful event and says community spirit is more important than ever.

She added: "Her car is how she gets about to these people who are old and vulnerable and now she's not able to do that.

"What's more annoying is that we don't know how long this will take.

"We're just hoping that people will see the page on Facebook and just think that maybe they can donate."

Comments of support have flooded in for the grandma-of-four as one person wrote: "So sorry to hear this news today, we hope in some small way this helps repair your car, Sylvia."

Another said: "You deserve better than this, hope you can get it sorted quickly."

If you would like to donate to the Just Giving page, you can do so here.


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