Special delivery cheers 79yo bag snatch victim

IT WAS a gesture of pure compassion that helped restore an old lady’s faith in humanity.

When Oxley Vale siblings Cameron and Emily Rake read about the robbery of 79-year-old Ursula Bakker in the City Plaza car park last week, they hatched a plan.

Pocket money in hand, the Rakes – aged just 6 and 8 – went with their mum to Coles and purchased a tin of Mrs Bakker’s favourite shortbread cream biscuits.

Armed with the bikkies, the Oxley Vale Public School pupils went to Tamworth hospital’s intensive care unit to hand-deliver the early Christmas present.

“It made us feel sad seeing her photo so we thought we would do something nice for her,” Cameron said.

“She took the cookies and said they were her favourite.”

Oxley Vale Public School principal Luke Norman said the duo had done the school proud.

“We’re all incredibly proud of them,” Mr Norman said.

“It’s nice to know we’re developing pupils with such a connection to the wider community.”

Mrs Bakker, who suffered a bleed on the brain, a broken nose, broken eye socket and broken arm in the bag snatch, has this week been moved out of intensive care and is making a steady recovery.

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