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South Shields school pupils help elderly man stuck when mobility scooter breaks down

Mortimer Community College students Ajmal Hussain and Fayeq Chowdhury, who helped a man whose mobility scooter had broken down
Mortimer Community College students Ajmal Hussain and Fayeq Chowdhury, who helped a man whose mobility scooter had broken down

Two school friends have been hailed as good Samaritans after helping an elderly man who was unable to complete his journey home.

Mortimer Community College Year 11 pupils Fayeq Chowdhury and Ajmal Hussain were on their way into the town after school when they spotted the man having difficulties with his mobility scooter.

They’re lovely lads, and should be really proud of themselves

Leah Collinson, Mortimer Community College community leader

It turned out that the scooter had broken down, so the pair went to his aid, helping to fix it before walking him home to ensure he got there safely.

Their good deed was spotted by Pat Metcalf, a supervisory assistant at the college, in Reading Road, South Shields, and the school has praised the friends as great examples.

Leah Collinson, the school’s community leader, said: “They spent about half an hour fixing the scooter for him.

“They could have easily carried on with their business and ignored it but, not only did they fix the scooter, they also escorted him home to make sure he got there all right.

“He told them that the scooter had broken down about nine times on his way home from hospital, so it was taking him an age, but the boys gave him a huge helping hand.

“They were going into South Shields, but said they couldn’t just leave him, so they did a detour and must have spent at least half an hour with him.”

She added: “They’re lovely lads and very popular in the school. They were quite embarrassed about it, but they should be really proud of themselves.

“A lot of people would have walked by, but they acted and deserve praise for that.”