A disabled mum-of-two crippled by relentless pain says she feels trapped in her own home after thieves stole her car with her scooter, walking stick and disabled badge inside.
Jayne Hewlett, who has no discs in her lower back and suffers from fibromyalgia as well as severe arthritis, was left devastated after waking up on Thursday morning to find her car missing from her home.
The 51-year-old, who needs a carer to dress her, now has no means of getting about and she has been confined to her house since the theft.
Mrs Hewlett said: “At first I thought it was a dream then I did a double take and realised that someone had stolen my car.
“I was distraught because it’s my lifeline. I can barely walk and with everything gone I am trapped in my own home.
“I am stuck and I need my car. I can’t even walk halfway up my street and I can’t get a bus because it’s too far.
“I feel so isolated now and it has destroyed me.”
Jayne said she feels trapped in her own home after the theft left her housebound
Mrs Hewlett, of King Edward Terrace, Brough, used to work at HMP Everthorpe before she was struck down with a debilitating pain in her legs around 12 years ago.
For the last six years, she has required a wheelchair to get about and she is now fighting a number of life-changing illnesses, including ischemic heart disease and peripheral neuropathy.
Mrs Hewlett who appealed to Hull: Blues and Twos for help after reporting the incident to the police, said the disabled badge was clearly displayed on the dashboard of her Peugeot.
The car was stolen from her home in King Edward Terrace, Brough
She is infuriated that the thieves paid no consideration to her as a vulnerable victim.
“They have no idea what they have done,” Mrs Hewlett said. “It is clearly a disabled car and my walking stick is always in the front footwell.
“I heard nothing and I had been up most of the night because I have so much pain I don’t sleep well but I heard nothing.
“They must have hot wired it to get away because the keys to the car were next to my bed.
A fundraising page has since been set up for Jayne by a friend
“I used to go to my daughter’s but I can’t even see her because she lives in east Hull.
“My car means so much to me. It is my freedom and they have taken that away from me.”
Mrs Hewlett believes her red Peugeot 308 was stolen sometime around 6am on Thursday morning as there was a clear dry spot around where the car was parked, despite it raining throughout the night
She estimates it will cost her in excess of £1,200 to replace the motorised scooter.
Determined to help, a friend of Mrs Hewlett’s has set up a fundraising page to raise £1,250 so she can buy a new scooter and a walking stick.
All of the money will go directly to Mrs Hewlett and you can donate to the cause by clicking here.
Anyone with information about the theft of the vehicle on November 2 should contact Humberside Police on 101.