THE family of an elderly woman who was conned out of cash by a fraudster has praised the community spirit which helped raise the money which was stolen from her.
Her daughter-in-law, who did not want to be named, spoke to the Mail to reach out and thank the many people who helped organise and took part in the raffle, held in The Robin Hood and the post office, both in Overseal, to compensate her but said the con has left the now-88-year-old more apprehensive about leaving money in her home.
Earlier last month, the woman, from Overseal, was targeted by the fraudster who told her she owed him money for roof work he had never actually done.
After hearing the news, villagers took to social media to discuss a way of fund-raising for her and a raffle raised more than £300.
The daughter-in-law said: “She received envelopes and some flowers and I got a bit emotional. I was really touched.
“You hear so many bad things happening so it is so nice to see village community spirit.
“From now one there will be no money in her house. We won’t allow that to happen again.
“We take money from her pension and pay all her bills as she never leaves the house and she used to keep the rest to pay for her coal and the hairdresser.”
Her daughter-in-law said the great-grandmother rang her on the Thursday to say ‘that man you sent’ had been to her house.
She said: “One of her carers is male so we thought she meant him, but she later said he had been about the roof. I nearly hit the roof.
“When she said she had given him money my heart sank. Because she never goes out she gave him what money she had through the conservatory window.”
After the police were called, news spread of the con and a neighbour revealed to the family that there was a whip-round for her.
“We just thought it would be a few of her neighbours on her road but when we read about it in the Mail we were just overwhelmed.
“It is so commendable that people can be so kind and caring and we just want to thank everyone for what they have done.”