Radio Sandwell Local News

Market traders buy new iPad for disabled woman

2014-08-20 21:53:52

Shaban Shoukat
Dave Everett presents Shabana Shoukat with her new iPad

Market traders in Birmingham raised money to buy a new iPad after a disabled customer had her tablet snatched by a thief.

Stallholders at the Bull Ring open and St Martin's markets were so disgusted at the theft that they had a whip-round and collected £250 to buy Shabana Shoukat a new tablet.

Shabana, 33, from Aston, was at the markets last Tuesday with relatives.

She is severely disabled and in a wheelchair and her tablet was in a carrier bag on the back of the chair.

"It all happened in a split second - a man came up, saw me look away and snatched the carrier bag," she said.

"I was devastated when I realised it had gone as I rely on that for my business, as well as for using the internet."

But she said when she got the phone call from the markets' police telling her about the traders' kind gesture, she was ecstatic.

"I was over the moon because that's such a nice thing to do - I'm so grateful to them," she said.

The whip-round was organised by co-chairman of the traders' association, Dave Everett.

"I was shocked and disgusted when I heard about it and felt ashamed that such a despicable crime could happen here," he said.

"It's also shocking because this is an exceptional circumstance - we have markets police who are highly visible and a good deterrent."

Mr Everett, who runs a textile and foam stall in the open market, said he went round all the traders and asked them to make a contribution.

"Every single one I asked without hesitation gave me some money," he said.

"We raised about £250 and I bought the iPad from a stall here and he was generous enough to give us a discount."

Share this story

Related Stories

Local news around the web

'Substance' sprayed at taxi driver at Birmingham station

This is the 'best pasta sauce in the world' - and it has only three simple ingredients

Alleged hammer attack at shopping centre

Thousands expected to bid farewell to Birmingham's 'King of Scoops'

Two men injured in shooting

Man suffers head injuries in horrific machete attack in Wednesbury

Sawn-off shotguns hidden under stairs

Narcos, Birmingham - review

Terrified shoppers flee Merry Hill shopping centre after alleged hammer attack in food court

Hit and run victim was in vintage car

Image Slider