Good samaritan helping Barkingside family after £4,000 bathroom scam
PUBLISHED: 08:20 04 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:27 04 February 2015
A family who suffered an “awful” Christmas after being the victims of a scam have had their misfortune reversed by a good samaritan.
Roz Page, 45, and her husband Nick, 44, were ripped off to the tune of almost £4,000 by the owner of a bathroom and kitchen company, who pulled apart their bathroom before disappearing.
But thanks to a businesswoman and her friends, the family are set to receive a new suite.
Roz, of Hastings Avenue, Barkingside, said: “We needed a new bathroom as I suffered a stroke a few years ago and it was getting difficult to get in and out of the bath. The man gave us a brilliant quote and seemed happy to do it.”
But after the bathroom had been “demolished,” he asked for the money and vanished, leaving the family with a temporary toilet.
Roz, who has two children, Sophie, nine, and Matthew, six, said: “It was awful. You can’t believe someone could do that.
“We feel betrayed and violated.”
But the mother, who has a weakness in her left side caused by the stroke, posted about her plight on Facebook and Tanya Rabin, 26, who runs TN Home Improvements, offered to fit a new bathroom.
She and friends are now giving their time for free, with the family paying for the suite.
Tanya said: “I felt really sad for her – I wouldn’t like that to happen to anyone in my family.
“I am glad to be able to help, they are a lovely family.”
Roz added: “We were strangers, but they have become wonderful friends and are part of the family.”
A police spokesman confirmed the incident was a “civil matter”.
A Redbridge Council spokesman said the information has been added to their database adding: “Trading standards is liaising with the consumer and giving advice on the next steps to take.”
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