SIR - May I use your letters page to thank five of your potential readers for coming to my aid on Wednesday, July 4 at about 11.30am.

I suffered rather a bad fall, ironically, just coming away from an appointment at St Luke's Hospital. Those, who quickly gathered around to help me were the model of compassion, concern and empathy.

I am not exactly compact and bijou, yet the two gentlemen soon had me on my feet, without needing a block and tackle. It was immensely heartening to find such kindness in these difficult times.

Derek König, Shetcliffe Lane, Bierley