Community raises hundreds of pounds for elderly Leeds burglary victim through Crowdfunding page

Rich Bell set up a Crowd Funding page after hearing of the woman's plight

Rich Bell set up a Crowd Funding page after hearing of the woman's plight

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Hundreds of pounds have been raised for an elderly burglary victim after a stranger was moved by her plight to “make things a little better”.

As reported in the Yorkshire Evening Post the 84-year-old, from Beeston, had her purse stolen by a woman who followed her home from shops before asking to use her toilet on July 27.

Police are still looking for the thief, who was described as mixed race and in her late teens or early twenties.

But the community has responded to the incident by contributing nearly £300 to an online fundraising campaign.

Rich Bell, of Durban Crescent, Beeston, has never met the victim but set up a Crowdfunding page for her after hearing about what happened.

He said he was “fed up with seeing negative things and would like to make things a little better for someone who has suffered a misfortune”.

Mr Bell told the YEP: “My initial reaction, like everybody else’s, was to say what a disgusting thing this was to do. But then I thought the focus should be on the poor old lady.

“I was a little reticent about asking people to put their hands in their pockets because money is tight, but the response has been brilliant.”

The elderly woman does not want to be identified, but is understood to be “overwhelmed” at the response.

To contribute visit crowdfunding.justgiving.com/richbell

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