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Fury as woman, 89, is battered by mugger – then something amazing happened

Written by on 20/11/2020

Hundreds of people have come together to support an elderly woman who was robbed, left with a broken arm and £300 out of pocket.

The 89-year-old woman was robbed in Roughwood Road, Wingfield, Rotherham on Tuesday afternoon, November 17.

She was at a bus stop at around 1.30pm when it is said an unknown woman approached her and grabbed her handbag.

As the bag was wrapped around her walking frame, this caused the woman to fall – hitting her head and breaking her arm.

Her bag contained £300 as well as her keys and bank cards.

But locals in the area have rallied around to raise over £1,000 for the lady after the horrific attack.

Keeley Smith, 34, set up a Go Fund Me page for the pensioner as she had seen the news shared online about how much money she had lost.

Now the page has gone on to raise over £1,500 in just a matter of days.

The Asda store manager said: “I read the news about the woman online and I just couldn’t settle thinking that she was hurt and alone.

“Also maybe that she had no money left. £300 is a lot to anyone right now, but more so to a pensioner.

“I set up the Go Fund Me in the hope that it would give a little back to her, but now it’s standing at over £1,500 which is amazing.

“I think its great that the locals have all got behind the fundraiser. The times we are going through right now makes you reflect on the good.

“I have been in touch with her cleaning lady and I am hoping to go and drop off the money sometime next week depending on when it gets cleared from Go Fund Me.”

In total 162 people have donated to the elderly lady.

Kirsty Moxon, of Whitegate Walk, was arrested in connection with the incident later on Tuesday afternoon. She later appeared in court on Thursday morning charged with robbery.

Moxon has been remanded to next appear before Sheffield Magistrates Court on December 17.

If you would like to donate to Keeley’s Go Fund Me page you can do so right here.