‘Confused and freezing’ pensioner helped to safety by good Samaritan

A “freezing and confused” pensioner was helped to safety last night thanks to the kindness of two passersby.

The elderly man was seen wandering around the Appleton area of Warrington on Saturday evening (February 27) shortly before 10pm.

Wearing just a thin jumper, trousers and slippers, the elderly man was heard saying: “I’m lost.”

But help was on the way in the form of Nathan Taylor.

Nathan lost his grandfather to Alzheimer’s seven years ago, and immediately recognised that the man in the street needed help.

He told Cheshire Live : “With patients with a dementia illness they tend to walk with a shuffle, I noticed this gentleman was shuffling.

“I asked out the window, are you okay?

“The gentleman replied “I’m lost.”

Luckily, Nathan had completed a Dementia Awareness Course and knew what to do.

Nathan said there needs to be more awareness around these incidents.

“There should be more awareness of what to do if you come across a vulnerable adult, about 15 cars drove past the man before I stopped,” he added.

After parking up his car, Nathan got out and calmly spoke to the man.

He added: “He advised in a soft but confused sentence his name was Ken.

“The man was freezing cold and it was around three degrees outside.”

Nathan, 29, took off his coat and put it around the vulnerable pensioner and called 999.

“From broken sentences, I tried to keep the gentlemen as worry free as possible, asking him about his career and his favourite holiday’s.

“He told me he suffers from Parkinson’s Disease.

“We waited for the emergency services to come and I just reassured Ken, provided warmth, chatted and told him everything was going to be okay.”

Shortly before police arrived, another youngster visited the scene offering his help too.

Sixteen-year-old James Lynchehaun was walking his friend home when he came across Nathan and the vulnerable man.

He stayed with the pair until officers from Appleton Police arrived at the scene.

James said: “I hope I only did what anyone would do.”

Appleton Police thanked the men on their Facebook page.

Their post read: “Massive thanks to the two young lads who contacted us when they discovered an old gentleman wandering around Appleton in a confused state and waited with him until we arrived.

“Happy to report we managed to contact his family and get him to safety. Nice one lads.”

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