Bloggers help replace St Albans children’s stolen scooters

PUBLISHED: 18:45 21 October 2012

Elliot and Lilia on their new scooters

Elliot and Lilia on their new scooters

© Mark Blower 2012

A ST ALBANS mother has confessed she was “moved to tears” when a pair of bloggers took it upon themselves to replace her children’s stolen scooters.

Renata Blower said that the scooters were taken on October 2 from outside their house after she had been on the school run: “Someone came right up to the door and took them, which is the scary thing.”

She added: “I had to break the news to the older two children that their scooters were gone.

“They have had a tough year, with their younger brother having been in and out of Great Ormond Street hospital, and they were really upset when I broke the news to them.”

Both Elliot, 10, and Lilia, 8, had their names written on their scooters in permanent marker, leaving them without much retail value. For this reason Renata suspects they may have been taken by other children.

“They were probably not even thinking about two little kids who would be very upset to find their scooters gone.”

She added: “I posted on Facebook how horrible it was that someone would steal children’s scooters.”

Jenny Smith, a local blogger (http://cheetahsinmyshoes.com) and friend of Renata, saw the online post and contacted fellow blogger Chrissie Saunders, aka Mediocre Mum, who in turn reached out to Integrate PR & Communications.

Heather Butcher from the company sent out two new scooters and helmets just two days after the childrens’ went missing.

The siblings, who attend St Peter’s School in Cottomill Lane, came home from school to find them and were “utterly gobsmacked”.

Renata said: “I could never have imagined that one of my friends would use her networking skills to contact another blogger and work together to get the scooters replaced with brand new ones.”

The mum-of-three added: “I was so blown away.

“There are people who don’t think about other people at all, but then there are other people who have never met us and have gone out of their way to cheer the kids up.”

She added: “Nice people do exist.”

Renata is also a keen blogger at www.justbringthechocolate.com and said that the ever-popular writing form “gives people a voice”.

She writes to “try and demystify disability” as her youngest son Dominic, 6, has an undiagnosed muscular condition and is in a wheelchair.


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