Two kind-hearted men have helped raise more than £500 for a pensioner whose home was burgled by a man who knocked on her door asking for help.
The con man targeted the good Samaritan, saying his car had broken down and asked to use her phone.
When the 90-year-old let him into her Maplewood Drive home, in Thornton, the man asked for a phone book and stole her handbag when she went to look for one.
Shocked by the story, Gary Dickerson and Dave Rees, and set about raising money “to help a vulnerable elderly lady out”.
The pair set up an online fund-raising page and watched the donations roll in, hitting their £500 target in a matter of days.
Now, after getting in touch with police, they met the woman and handed over a cheque to help replace what was taken from her.
PCSO Joshua Perry, of Blackpool Police, said: “These men saw that not only they, but many others wanted to do something about this and try to see that the lady did not go without and wasn’t left feeling alone.
“We presented the lady with the money. She had no idea how much was raised and was extremely overwhelmed by kind nature of everyone who wanted to contribute.
“The lady would like everyone to know how grateful she is.”
PCSO Perry said the woman has decided to donate the money to the RNLI.
He added: “I would like to personally say a huge thank you to Gary, Dave and all those involved. It just goes to show the positive affect a community can have when they all come together.”
Mr Rees also thanked everyone who donated.
He added: “It was so nice to put a big smile on her face and restore her faith in humanity.”
A police investigation into the burglary, which took place on May 12, is on-going.
The offender – described as a stocky, white man, around 5ft 6ins tall and with short fair-coloured hair – knocked on the victim’s door asking for help at around 1pm.
After being invited in, he waited until the woman was distracted and stole her handbag. The bag was later found at a nearby tram stop, missing £50 in cash and other valuable items.
A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “Officers are looking into if it was linked with a similar offence that happened the day before in Lytham.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101.