Community spirit shines through again

IF YOU need help, you just have to ask.

That could well be the motto of Ipswich.

Earlier this week, we ran the story of 78-year-old pensioner Trish Brecknell reporting that thieves has rolled away with her lawn mower.

Despite the mower being of the vintage variety, it seems nothing is safe in some parts of town unless it is nailed to the ground.

Just over 12 months before thieves had entered her North Ipswich home to steal her handbag while she was in the yard.

It was a Christmas present she could have done without.

When I put the headline on her story, saying: "Do you have an old mower you can give Trish?", I was confident that we'd find a Good Samaritan.

Actually a number of people offered, but the first to call us was Shane Brew from Deebing Heights.

His mower hadn't been started for a few years so we needed to have it serviced. No trouble here, Jon Vermeer of Ipswich Mower Centre at Yamanto was only too glad to help and despite having a three-week waiting list on mower services he did it in a day.

Communities that care and look after those who need help are the best you can possibly reside in.

I am proud to say that Ipswich is one of those special communities.



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