A COUPLE from Badsey whose car was damaged by vandals say they are “overwhelmed” by the generosity of a local businessman.

Cliff Churchley, who runs MTS Mobile Tyre Services, contacted the Journal after he was inspired to help Andrew and Emma Pike when he read about their plight in last week’s paper.

The Manor Close couple have been unable to use their car for almost two months because anti-social youths damaged a tyre.

This meant Mrs Pike, who is wheelchair bound, was unable to leave the house, missing important medical appointments, while her husband had to rely on public transport and neighbours for lifts to go shopping.

But Mr and Mrs Pike are now back on the road after Cliff replaced their damaged tyre, valve and balanced the wheels of their car, free of charge.

“When I read the story I was quite humbled and I thought it was the least I could do,” said Cliff, who also lives in Badsey.

“Rather than brush it aside and let it go, I got on the phone. I’ve had a busy first 12 months with my business and I thought it was time I gave something back.”

Mrs Pike said: “When we had the phone call from the Journal, Andrew burst into tears. It’s been a really stressful time.

“It was so nice that a stranger cared about our plight. The first thing we’re going to do is go out for a nice drive and have lunch somewhere. We can’t say thank you enough to Cliff, we really appreciate it.”

Evesham’s Sergeant Phil Stayte said there had been no further reports of anti-social behaviour in the area but the local policing team would continue to patrol Badsey on a frequent basis.