A fundraiser set up to reimburse a 100 year-old war hero whose house was burgled whilst he was in hospital has raised more than five times what was stolen.
Len Parry from Skipton, Yorkshire returned home after a skin cancer operation to find a safe containing £4,000 of savings had been taken from the home he had lived in for over 50 years.
Mr Parry had planned to use the funds to repair his home’s roof.
The story, published by the Yorkshire Post received considerable media attention and a Just Giving page was created for strangers to compensate the former RAF pilot.
It read: “A 100-year-old Yorkshire war veteran who fled Japanese soldiers after being taken prisoner in Singapore during the Second World War, has spoken of his shock and upset after his home was burgled and his safe containing nearly £4,000 was stolen while he was in hospital for a skin cancer operation.
“Former RAF pilot Len Parry, of Skipton, was admitted to Bradford Royal Infirmary on February 4, to have a melanoma removed from his head, but had to stay overnight following a fall, and this is when police believe the opportunist thieves struck.”
The fundraiser took off when Good Morning Britain co-anchor Piers Morgan publicised it on Twitter, pledging £1,000 himself.
At the time of writing, the page has raised £23,176 – 772% of its target.
An update on the JustGiving page on Thursday read: “Hello everyone, I would just like to say a huge thank you to every single person who has so kindly donated.
“I delivered the news to Mr Parry today and he is absolutely astounded but wanted me to tell you all that his faith has been restored in society.”