A north-east dad with terminal cancer, who had his car stolen last week, has had his family holiday saved thanks to a big-hearted businessman.
Father-of-two Stuart Walker, who was diagnosed with lung cancer last year, relies on his Toyota Avensis to get to medical appointments and was gutted to discover it had been stolen from outside his Stonehaven home.
To make matters worse, the theft meant he would have to cancel a planned holiday in Perthshire with wife Linda.
After reading about the 52-year-old’s plight in last week’s Evening Express, the boss of Jim Reid Vehicle Sales in Kintore got in touch to offer Stuart the use of a car.
Stuart, who found out in August he had cancer in his lung, liver, bones and spine and that it was inoperable, said: “It is great to see people come together and help each other out, so thank you Jim, you’re a knight in shining armour.”
Jim Reid, director at the company, said: “My wife, Gail, had sent me a WhatsApp message on Tuesday afternoon.
“She had sent me a link to the article that had appeared in the Evening Express. She said it was a disgrace and asked if there were any cars we had available to help them out on their holiday.
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“I felt heartsick for them.
“We were able to organise a car big enough to take Stuart, his wheelchair and their daughter Shannon.
“This is a small gesture from us and they don’t have to cancel their holiday.”
Linda said: “It’s is fantastic what Jim has done – we couldn’t have asked for more. It’s so nice of them.
“We were given the car over the weekend so we could get a feel for it. We need the break after everything that has gone on.”
Stuart’s stolen Toyota Avensis was eventually found damaged in the nearby Mill O’Forest school playground. Sadly, he was advised it was no longer driveable.