Huge response to Facebook plea to find woman (94)

Steve Procter. (s)

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A Clitheroe man’s act of kindness has gone viral after he appealed for help via social networking site Facebook to find an elderly lady who had her garden gate stolen.

Steve Procter, who has children’s play centres 4Kids Play and Battlestorm laser tag arena in Clitheroe, met a 94-year-old lady while visiting the Museum of Lancashire, Preston, yesterday (Wednesday).

“She was telling me all her war stories and about her work in a munitions factory in Manchester fitting wires to detonators,” Steve (36), of Barrow, explained.

The lady then, in passing, mentioned how she had been robbed of her metal garden gate in Clitheroe last week.

“I wondered at the time if I could give her some help, but only thought about it seriously afterwards and wished I had got her contact details,” Steve added.

After leaving the museum, Steve decided to track down the lady and posted his story on Facebook.

“The response really has been amazing,” he said. “I only left the museum at 3pm, but before I went to bed last night around 100 people had shared my post and from two separate people I’ve got an address and a possible name. A bloke has also offered to make the lady a new gate.”

Steve is now planning to check out the leads and hopefully be reunited with the lady.

“For a lot of people the internet can be really annoying, but this shows how it can be used to help people,” Steve added.