Fundraiser launched for elderly woman whose purse containing £160 was stolen in March town centre
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An online appeal has been set up after an elderly woman was reported to have been robbed of her purse containing £160 whilst she was shopping in March town centre last week.
The lady, said to be in her 80s, was shopping in M&Co before she got to the till and realised her purse containing her pension money had gone missing.
It is believed that she had withdrawn £160 at a cash point in town to pay for her gas, electric and shopping for the week.
Kevin Keil set up a ‘Go Fund Me’ page with the intention of getting the woman’s money back. He set a target of £300.
People have already donated more than £300 within just days of the campaign being online including anonymous donations from across the UK.
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Mayor of March Jan French has offered to take flowers to the woman’s home “on behalf of the good people of March”.
Mr Keil said: “Her purse contained over £160 which she had just drawn out from her pension to top-up her gas and electricity meters and do some shopping.
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“How can anyone be so heartless as to prey on the elderly and vulnerable? Let’s see if we can raise some money to put back into a new purse.”
To donate, visit: www.gofundme.com/61wjah4
In a separate incident a woman reported that “my 78 year old friend also had her purse stolen last week in March.
“Within 30 minutes they had taken £1,000 from her account.”
She said the two men she suspects of the theft appeared to be part of a gang that overlooked her when she entered her pin number into c cash machines.
Later a man started talking to her in a local supermarket “and this is when she believes her purse was taken”.