Appeal to trace Good Samaritans who rescued Penwortham pensioner

Posted on - 25th August, 2017 - 2:37pm | Author - | Posted in - Penwortham, People, Preston News
Ian Balloch had fallen in Cop Lane, Penwortham
Ian Balloch had fallen in Cop Lane, Penwortham

A Penwortham woman is seeking to say thank you to the Good Samaritans who rescued her husband.


Ian Balloch, 69, was found sprawled on the floor by two unknown men on Wednesday (23 August) late afternoon.

The pensioner returned home with blood-covered hands, leaving his wife confused and concerned.

Pam, who has been married for 39 years to Ian, said: “We had been out in the garden for the afternoon.

“Ian has dementia and he likes to get out into the garden to care for the plants and it keeps him active.

“He must of gone down the side and gone off. I always tell him not to go off on his own.”

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Pam had left him around 5.45pm and a few minutes later she heard the front door go at their home off Hill Road South.

“There was Ian,” she said, “and he was in a terrible state. I couldn’t work out what had happened to him.

“He told me he had fallen and some men had helped him.

“But when I went outside there was no one there.”

Ian's hands are still very sore after the fall
Ian’s hands are still very sore after the fall

Pam said she had spoken with her neighbour who said two men, driving a black BMW, had stopped and gone to Ian’s aid after he had fallen in Cop Lane.

Pam said: “For them to see him, and stop, go to his aid and then get him home. Well it was just so magnanimous of them.

“You don’t think this kind of thing happens in this day and age. I am just so glad they did what they did. It’s so easy when everyone is busy to just think ‘oh I won’t stop to help’. But they did.

“Ian knows his address and would have been able to tell them his name and where he lived. They must of brought him right to the front door.”

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Pam says their GP has prescribed Ian some antibiotics and he is recovering well – but the incident has left her shaken.

She said: “It just makes you realise how much care someone with dementia needs. You can’t leave them on their own.

“But I am so glad he’s safe and sound. I would really like to be able to meet the people who got him home safe and just say a big thank you to them.”

If you’re the two men in the BMW, you can email at She would love to hear from you!

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