Stabbing survivor fundraising to help 82-year-old man left in coma after robbery
PUBLISHED: 10:12 04 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:57 04 October 2017
A knife attack survivor has set up a crowdfunding page for a cancer patient, 82, left bedridden by a brutal robbery.
Shane Yerrell wants to raise £500 for Ahmet Dobran who was beaten and ripped of his jewellery by three thugs in Sussex Road, East Ham, on Sunday, August 27.
Ahmet, who uses a walking stick and has Parkinson’s disease, was left fighting for his life and has been in and out of a coma since.
Essex-based fundraiser Shane described what happened to the frail pensioner as a “new kind of low”.
He said: “You hear a lot of these things these days but because of his age and it was three men attacking an older man, it was callous.”
Shane came across news reports of what happened on Friday and said he was really upset to see the three suspects caught on camera laughing after the attack.
He said: “They are vile, I could never relate to someone like that. They should be locked up.”
The 34-year-old set up the crowdfunder immediately after and contacted Ahmet’s family to lend his support.
“They were cautious at first but they have now welcomed it with open arms,” he said.
Shane hopes to meet Ahmet should he make a full recovery.
“He may not trust anyone after but it will show him that there are people that care,” he said.
A charity founder, Shane turned his personal experience of being stabbed in 2007 into a positive one by founding a community interest company to help seriously sick or terminally ill people, or victims of crime.
Through the Fight, which recently gained charity status, has helped eight families since April 2016, raising more £18,000.
It has paid for the funerals of two people who died as a result of violent crime.
Shane received a British Citizen Award in January for his charity work.
He now hopes that Through the Fight can help pay for any costs that Ahmet may face in the future.
Shane said: “I would like to raise money for his recovery as it looks like he has a long road ahead.”
To make a donation, visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/shane-yerrell-486
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