Teenagers buy pensioners Wii after burglary

Youngsters from the police Jam in the Hood project have donated a Wii game machine to the residents of Attley Court after their machine was stolen during a burglary.
Youngsters from the police Jam in the Hood project have donated a Wii game machine to the residents of Attley Court after their machine was stolen during a burglary.

Kind-hearted teenagers bought a new games console for residents of a retirement home after burglars stole their Wii.

Thieves broke into Attley Court in Wellingborough and stole the residents’ much-loved computer game.

Teenagers who took part in the Wellingborough Police Jam in the Hood project had previously volunteered at the home and were outraged when they heard of the theft.

They decided to use some of the sponsorship money they collected during the project to buy them a new console.

Caragh Brannan, 16, said: “Stealing their Wii was a really horrible thing to do – it was very selfish.

“Playing the Wii is something they look forward to, and then it was taken away. It was so sad for them. We all wanted to help.

“We all enjoy going to Attley Court and we wanted to do something to help them get another Wii.”

Resident Gladys Stamp, 93, said: “I think it’s marvellous. It was so nice of them.”

Polly Hayes, 80, said: “Everyone is quite touched by what they have done.”

Anne-Marie Lawson, of Groundwork Northamptonshire, which runs the Jam in the Hood project with the police, said: “They wanted to help after they heard about the theft. They have been continuing to volunteer with the residents here.

“They were all horrified that something which is a lifeline, and something which is used in such a regular basis, was stolen. They just wanted to help. So they put a proposal in to Groundwork and we found the funds.”

Attley Court manager Martin Sawers said: “Because of what happened we are no longer able to keep the Wii console on the premises.

“But the fact they bought a new Wii for the residents is absolutely fantastic.

“They have been working here since last year, and the relationships they have formed have been brilliant.

“The residents look forward to them coming and they have all learnt a lot from each other.”