Kind-hearted locals are raising money for a disabled elderly woman who was tied to her stair lift during a robbery in her own home.
A Facebook group has been set up to help Alice Turner, who chewed through three layers of duct tape to raise the alarm after being bound for 20 minutes.
The ‘Alice Turner Collection’, set up by Morecambe man Chris Holt and his friend Amy Taylor, had raised £600 as The Visitor went to press and they are aiming to reach a target of £1,000 to replace cash stolen during the robbery.
Two men stole six money boxes containing around £750 in the vicious attack – including one with £50 worth of five pence pieces which the mother-of-six was saving up for her great, great grandson.
They threatened to cut her finger off and also stole her new handbag, with it a precious photograph of her late husband Albert.
The robbers burst into the pensioner’s home on Christie Avenue, Morecambe, after she answered their knock at the door at around 7pm on Friday, December 20.
“These two fellas barged their way in and pushed me on the stairs,” said Alice.
“I started shouting for my neighbours but they had gone out.
“One of them put his hand over my mouth and said: ‘Stop shouting!’ and ‘Where’s your money? Where’s your money?
“I said I hadn’t got any and he said: ‘We know you have’. Then his mate grabbed my arm and duct-taped my arms to the stair lift.
“They said if I didn’t tell them where my money was they would cut my finger off – that’s where it got scary.”
The pair ransacked the house, searching upstairs and down for cash, before fleeing.
Alice went on: “I bit through the duct tape. I saw one bit I thought was the end of the tape and got gnawing at it. I thought: ‘Are they going to kill me?’ They were going to tape my mouth and I said I wouldn’t have been able to breathe. They kept shouting: ‘Just calm down and look at the wall’.”
Alice, who suffers from asthma and osteoporosis, was left with badly bruised arms and wrists after the assault.
Chris Holt said: “My gran lives round the corner and she’s the same age. I felt so bad because I thought it could have happened to her. I just wanted to restore a bit of faith in humans.”
Mr Holt said local pubs and businesses had also rallied round and said: “It’s fantastic how everyone has pulled together.”
Police have released a descrption of the robbers who were described as white, well-built and wearing hats.
One was around 6ft tall and the second around 5ft-8ins-tall. Both covered their faces during the attack.
Contact Lancashire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.
For details on how to donate to the Alice Turner Collection go to https://www.facebook.com/events/633336316728279/