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Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Two golden-hearted EDP readers have restored a teenage student’s independence - and faith in human nature - by paying to replace her vandalised moped.
They were moved by the plight of 17-year-old Ellena Atkins from Mundesley, whose previous scooter, which was a gift from her granddad, was damaged while she was at a pre-Christmas party.
It was her “lifeline” in rural north Norfolk enabling her to get to college in North Walsham, army cadets in Aylsham and socialise with friends.
After the story appeared in the EDP readers contacted the family via the police, and two men from the Norwich area in their 80s and 60s, who want to remain anonymous, agreed to give £500 and £270 to the youngster to get her back in the saddle.
Elle, as she is known, is now back in the saddle on her replacement machine - a silver and blue Peugeot Speedfighter.
She uses it to commute to Paston College in North Walsham, where she is studying sociology, media and photography.
She said: “This has really helped and restored by faith in human nature.
“I just want to say ‘thank you so much’ to the people who helped. I have got my ‘ped and got my freedom back.”
Elle was at a party in Banningham, near Aylsham when she found her Honda Sky 50cc moped damaged - with broken panels, headline, brake lever and mirrors, along with bent handlebars.
She challenged a group of men in the road, who denied any knowledge.
Having initially thought the wind had blown it over she realised it had been vandalised - leaving her without a “lifeline” to get to college. The bike had been a gift from Ellena’s granddad and she could not afford to repair it.
Her dad Mel said: “I spoke to both men, who were really annoyed about what happened to Elle’s moped, and wanted to help.
“The new bike cost £500 and the extra money is being put towards driving lessons. I told the second man we already had enough for the moped, and he was fine about it,” said Mr Atkins from Overstrand who runs ACS Scaffolding.
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