Margaret Ritchie, 85, had a scare recently when she was involved in a car accident and she wanted to pass on her thanks to the locals who came to her assistance.
In December last year Margaret was waiting at a red light on West Street when a car rear ended her.
“A silly old sod came rip roaring through and belted my car and I went flying, the whole back of the car was pushed in.
“I got out of the car and I said to him ‘you hit me you silly old bugger!’ that wasn’t very lady like was it?” she said.
After pulling over to the side of the road, the driver and his wife swapped insurance details with Margaret, before saying they were in a hurry to get to Christchurch, leaving Margaret standing next to her damaged car.
Luckily two men and a lady with her daughter came to help.
“The daughter got me a cup of tea, which was lovely. I said I don’t have any change, but she said don’t you worry.”
A policeman from Timaru also stopped and was curious to know where the people who had caused the crash had gone.
“I said they had gone to Christchurch, I was crying, I don’t mind admitting I was crying, it gave me a hell of a fright,” Margaret said.
One of the men who helped, drove Margaret home.
“I just wanted to say thank you, we’ve got to let Ashburton know there are still some wonderful people around,” Margaret said.
Margaret, an ex nurse and farmer is still active in the community, volunteering for the RSA, Grey Power and Senior Citizens.
She has spent months recovering from the accident, with injuries to her shoulders, hands, legs and back.
” I am recovering but I still can’t do my line dancing!” she said laughing.
Another thing putting a smile on her face is the return of her son, who lives in Australia, back home to see mum for the first time in seven years.
-By Daniel Tobin