Theft victim Jayne gets iPad thanks to e-heroes

Jayne Smith and mum Lesley Wilson with Will Ritchie and the Ipad donated by people from The BPLbible
Jayne Smith and mum Lesley Wilson with Will Ritchie and the Ipad donated by people from The BPLbible
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A community group pulled together to provide a replacement iPad after a severely disabled woman was targeted by thieves.

Jayne Smith, 36, who has a neurodevelopmental disorder, had her iPad and handbag stolen while helping her family at a table top sale in Marton on February 14.

Jayne Smith with Will Ritchie and the Ipad donated by people from The BPLbible

Jayne Smith with Will Ritchie and the Ipad donated by people from The BPLbible

The incident, which is being investigated by Lancashire Police, left Jayne and mother, 
Lesley Wilson, “very, very upset”.

Now an anonymous donor has come forward with a replacement tablet, complete with a charger and case, for Jayne to have some of her independence back.

After reading The Gazette’s story, William Ritchie, who has set up a community 
Facebook page, ‘The BPL 
Bible’, called on Fylde coast residents to donate as much as they could to fund a replacement tablet for Miss Smith.

He said: “I set up the page as a local, online community because I’m sick of hearing bad stories from Blackpool, I thought it was time to support good news. It’s not nice to hear of 
anyone having bad stuff done to them so when I saw an opportunity to do something I thought I’d take it.”

Mr Ritchie asked for online donations to fund the purchase for Miss Smith, who lives in Burnley..

Then an anonymous donor came forward offering to provide the iPad free of charge, allowing Miss Smith to have her beloved computer and for The BPL Bible community to spend the cash already raised on another charitable act.

The online community is now looking for other good causes to help out. Mr Ritchie, 31, from Thornton, a promoter at Club Domain in Blackpool, added: “There are still good people out there.”

And the donation has restored the family’s faith in humanity, after saying they thought the theft was “despicable”.

Mrs Wilson said: “I think it’s lovely. I always believed there’s more good people than bad in the world. It’s amazing that people do stuff like this, it lifts your spirits. Jayne has been upset and very frustrated so it’s nice for there to be a happy ending.”