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Widow's plight touches taxi men

PUBLISHED: 16:51 14 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 March 2010

GWEN Povey, the 93-year-old widow who had all her Christmas money stolen by heartless thieves has thanked the people of Ipswich for their kindness after Good Samaritans raised more than £250 for her.

GWEN Povey, the 93-year-old widow who had all her Christmas money stolen by heartless thieves has thanked the people of Ipswich for their kindness after Good Samaritans raised more than £250 for her.

"I can't believe people have been so kind. It has made me feel so much better to know there are still good people out there. It was such a terrible thing to happen and they really shook me up-they took everything I had saved and left me with 4p," she said.

The Evening Star reported on November 3 how Gwen had been out in her garden when the thieves came in to her home and stole the money she had been saving all year.

Gwen was left frightened and unable to sleep after the incident and spent many nights sleeping down stairs, unable to face going to her bedroom.

Now Ipswich has proved that people really do care, as two taxi drivers collected more than £200 for her.

Darryl Thurlow and Terry Robinson work independently in the area, and after reading the story they spent most of Saturday night driving round collecting donations from other drivers.

Mr Thurlow said: "We just thought she looked like a lovely lady and after reading the article we wanted to do something for her."

"We don't know how much she lost but we hope this will make her feel better and if there is any left over she can have a sherry on us," added Mr Robinson.

Another donation of £50 was also given by Ipswich Bed Company, of Felixstowe Road in Ipswich.

"I just want to thank everyone who has helped me to get over this horrible time. I am still nervous and get scared but I am getting better every day and this has cheered me up greatly," said Gwen.


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