September 26th, 2016

Bromsgrove pensioner appeals for help in finding her art book lost on the way to Worcester

Updated: 5:19 pm, Jan 14, 2016

A DISABLED Bromsgrove pensioner is desperate for Standard readers’ help in finding an art book which went missing on her journey from the town to Worcester.

The book was full of sketches done by wheelchair user Wendy Holloway, of Willow Road, as part of her Art and Design degree course she is doing at the University of Worcester.

Wendy is undertaking the course, in part, as a way of coping with her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which she was diagnosed with after being attacked.

On Tuesday (January 12) she was travelling on the 144 bus from Bromsgrove to Worcester to do an assessment and had a few bags with her containing her laptop, camera and the A3 sketch book of coursework and her latest project on the development of technology through the years.

When the 62-year-old was outside the Hive, in Worcester, an elderly woman called out to her to say her bags on the back of her wheelchair were falling off and it was then she noticed the pad was gone.

She said: “I was in a right state when I got to the university.

“They managed to calm me down but I still had to do my assessment whilst I was so distraught.”

Wendy had previously studied a law degree and trained to be a doctor after her time serving in The Gulf War but was unable to persue either career due to her conditions and back injuries which were caused by several unfortunate falls.

“I started this course as a way of doing something to help myself, ” she added.

“It took a year to get the man who attacked me sent to jail which was only in September last year.

“That was such an ordeal for me and this just feels like one more thing that I can’t take.

“I really don’t think I will pass my assessment now, which means so much to me.”

Wendy called her husband straight away who retraced her steps in the hope of finding the beloved book but was unsuccessful.

The couple also contacted the university and the bus company to see if it had been handed in but to no avail.

Anyone who may have seen the book or picked it up is urged to hand it into The University of Worcester.

Alternatively, call the university on or call them 01905 855000 or The Standard on 01527 588657.