A BRAVE great-grandmother left terrified after being brutally attacked on her own doorstep has taken her first steps on the road to recovery.
Pauline Gardiner, 73, told The Gazette she had been afraid of being left alone after being punched in the face and robbed by a yob in the attack outside her home last week.
But now she has returned to her voluntary job at a Bispham charity shop in a bid to recuperate after the assault.
Mrs Gardiner’s daughter, Catherine McIntyre, 45, from Cavendish Road, St Annes, said: “She went in the charity shop because she said she needed to force herself to get out of the house.
“Everything’s aching now, especially her back and neck.
“We’re all just rallying round and we’ve been pretty much doing shift work to check she’s okay.”
Widow Mrs Gardiner, 73, was trying to open the door to her house in Bispham, after returning from dinner with her son at around 10.20pm on Wednesday evening.
The robber punched Mrs Gardiner in the face, knocking her glasses off and sending her tumbling to the floor of her porch, before making off with £400 she had withdrawn earlier that day to pay for her month’s rent.
He then fled after hearing her three dogs barking from inside the house.
The description Mrs Gardiner has given is of a 15 or 16-year-old youth, around 5ft 5in tall.
He was wearing a grey top.
Det Sgt Simon Pritchard, who is investigating the robbery, said: “This was a despicable attack on a defenceless elderly woman and I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have witnessed what happened to come forward and contact the police.
“I am also keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed a young man acting suspiciously in the area at around the time of the incident.
“It may well be that they have information that proves important to our investigation.
“We have spoken to the victim and she has been able to provide us details of what happened and we are following different lines of enquiry including checking local CCTV and carrying out house to house enquiries.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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