GENEROUS readers of The News have started a fund to help disabled theft victim Micky Evans visit his family.
The 71-year-old lost his life-savings when a plastic bag containing £9,000 was snatched from the front of his mobility scooter.
Now fellow asbestosis sufferer Dennis Ansell, 84, and his 80-year-old wife June, have pledged £300 to help the retired Portsmouth dock worker visit his daughter in Newcastle.
Mr Evans was saving the money to pass on to his children, but lost everything last year when 43-year-old Paul Cox stole the cash from him in the doorway of his home in Arundel Street, Landport.
He withdrew the cash after watching a television programme about bank fraud and becoming worried his money wasn’t safe.
Now Mr Ansell, from Havant, said he hoped this would get more people to donate money.
‘I was disgusted when I read what had happened,’ he said. ‘It is appalling that anyone could take advantage of someone in his position.
‘We just hope that this money will give him a chance to see his daughter in Newcastle – and maybe get the ball rolling for other people to give as well.’
His wife June added: ‘Dennis has suffered badly with asbestosis for the past few years, and I have diabetes, so we are both vulnerable and know how he feels.’
Mr Evans received money as compensation after contracting asbestosis, and also suffers with Parkinson’s and an inoperable tumour.
He said he was overwhelmed and grateful to Mr and Mrs Ansell – and their son David who also gave money – for what they had done.
He said: ‘It is so kind of them to do this – I feel very touched that they should care.
‘And I know they aren’t especially rich people, so I’m humbled they would share what they have with me.
‘The thought of seeing my daughter and her children is what keeps me going when I’m feeling low.’
Anyone interested in donating money to Mr Evans can call (023) 9262 2164 or email firstname.lastname@example.org