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East London teens praised for helping elderly injured woman

ACT OF KINDNESS: Zenaida Cabrera, centre, with the teenage boys who helped her [Photo credit: Newham Recorder]

FOUR YOUNG black men have been praised and awarded for helping an elderly woman who had fallen down and injured herself.

Kyron Onireti, Charles Hamadi, Tyrese Attefuah-Appau and Gabrielle Adegoke were walking along Green Street in Newham, east London, when they saw the woman fall outside Tesco.

The 15-year-olds immediately rushed to help injured Zenaida Cabrera, with two staying to comfort her until the ambulance arrived and the others running ahead to St Bonaventure’s School as they didn’t want to get in trouble for being late, reported The Newham Recorder.

A week later, Cabrera – whose grandson is also a student at the school – came to thank the boys in person.

She said: “I really hit my head hard when I fell and passed out.

“I am really grateful they stayed with me until the ambulance arrived.

“I am still in a lot of pain but felt I had to come and meet the boys who had helped me.”

She gave the boys a card and a cheque for £50, which head teacher Paul Halliwell said he would use to treat them to a meal at Nandos.

Halliwell said: “Many people would have walked by and not stopped to help and these boys were concerned about being late for school but they still went to her assistance which is admirable.

“Teenagers sometimes get a bad press but these 15-year-olds showed kindness.”

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