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Pensioner P.

Pensioner P lives alone. Pensioner P’s wife died several years ago. They have no children. He is almost alone but states he is alright and not as bad off as some others. He does not want to go into a care home as this is his life.

Pensioner P has been burgled 5 times in less than one year.

Pensioner P has absolutely nothing of any value to steal yet, because he is an easy target, he is still visited by scum who will steal what little he has.

If Pensioner P  were a younger man he would sort the scum out.

If Pensioner P was a younger man the scum would almost certainly not visit him. He would then be too hard a target, not east to take advantage of.

The scum prefer those who cannot easily defend themselves, cannot see or hear properly and those who are likely to be judged as being a little unreliable if ever they got to court. The scum prefer easy and soft targets. Pensioner P will not be a reliable witness for the CPS unless there is more damning and reliable evidence.

The home help of pensioner P has bought him another small stove so he can warm his soup, toast his bread and warm his hands. He has a new mattress for his bed. He even had new slippers recently. She does as much as she can and more than she should, because she is someone who cares about Pensioner P.  He has contributed in more than enough ways since he was 14 years of age, when most modern kids were at school he was working and earning a few pounds for his mum. He joined the Armed Forces when he was 16 years old man and spent most of his life travelling around the world. He felt sorry for his mum. His father was killed in the great war.

He passes the time with the postman, when ever he gets mail. They have a chat over a cuppa, especially when it rains. 

Pensioner P does not complain.

Most of the mail received by Pensioner P wants him to have car insurance for a car he doesn’t have, offers him finance for holidays he doesn’t want or loans for the little extra something he cannot use. He has been entered into competitions he does not understand and did not ask to be entered into. Someone must know who he is to get all this post, after all how do they know his name and address ?

Pensioner P still wears his war medals underneath his jumper and keeps his beret rolled up under the button down lapel on his threadbare jacket.

Pensioner P  is still a proud man, even though he is old, frail and weak. He has a stick that he believes will protect him but he cannot even lift it let alone swing it around. 

Not many people look  out for Pensioner P.

Pensioner P has several cats. He leaves a window open for them, so they can come and go as they please, especially if it is cold or wet and because he cares. He is a gentle man who has seen more than I will ever see in my life.

The cats are not the only ones who come and go through the open windows.

Who will look out for Pensioner P ?

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7 Responses

  1. Quite literally; a dying generation!

  2. What a shame.
    I admire him but I also feel sorry for him too.

  3. Charities could help with open windows by supplying cat doors and fitting them. That means windows can stay locked.
    The other thing is that it helps keep the house warm so saving money on heating.
    It does not take long to train a cat on how to use a cat flap. Has anyone thought of that l wonder?

  4. I wonder how many others like ‘Pensioner P’ there are around the country.

    I think that WEB has very succinctly pointed out that those that make the most noise gets the service. When it should be the other way around.

    Can we donate for him to have a cat flap fitted? I would fit one for him.

  5. I do not think anyone has actually thought about doing that for the elderly Tony. It just occurred to me reading the blog.

    And if Which End Bites knows the old man and it is not a generic person l would also pop some thing in the pot.

    If anyone knows any charity or someone that deals with old people it may be worth mentioning the idea to them.

  6. Mate, how sad is it when you actually come across genuine victims? Have you got a local crime prevention officer who works alongside the housing association or whatever to assist him with with hardening his house/flat . He will arrange for the necessary to be done and probably be in a better position than the likes of you and me to help him.
    It really gets to you a matter like this I understand why you felt it necessary to post this.
    If it is his own house then victim support can do locks/cat flaps and just about anything to help P. If he will accept which he probably won’t being a proud man.
    I hope you keep in touch with him if time allows, people like this deserve the service, some don’t.

  7. You wrote this so well WEB. It just gives you a sinking feeling for this poor man. I often look at the elderly and think about their past. What did they do? Who were they, compared to now, etc… It is amazing the lives that have been lived. It seems a shame to end up alone and defenseless in the end.
    It just isn’t right.

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