Monday 23 April 2018

Community raises €3,000 for woman (96) robbed in her home

Margaret Lilly: attacked in her Buncrana, Donegal, home
Margaret Lilly: attacked in her Buncrana, Donegal, home

Stephen Maguire

A 96-year-old woman who was attacked and robbed in her home has said the first thing she will buy is a new bed after her community raised more than €3,000 for her.

Margaret 'Greta' Lilly was left terrified after she was set-upon at her home in Buncrana, Co Donegal, on January 6 last.

The widow was robbed but managed to raise the alarm before being hospitalised for a week.

However, the raiders managed to steal a considerable sum of money, which Ms Lilly was saving to have new windows installed at her bungalow.

The local community, which was left disgusted by the attack, came together to set up the Margaret Lilly Support Fund.

And yesterday Ms Lilly was presented with a cheque for €3,308 after just one month's fundraising.

Local Buncrana Town Councillor Ciaran McLaughlin, who started the fund at Buncrana Credit Union, where the money is now in an account for Ms Lilly, said he was delighted by the response.

Among those who donated to Margaret's fund was a group of Donegal businessmen based in England who donated €1,000 after holding a golf classic.

A doctor from Trim in Co Meath also donated €100 to help her get back on her feet.

Margaret is back in Letterkenny General Hospital after suffering a slight fall at her home in Aghilly, but she hopes to be home soon. She said she was speechless by the generosity of the people who had heard of her plight.

"I can't thank people enough. Everyone has been so good to me. I'm getting better all the time now, and I would love to buy a new bed when I get home.

"I just want everything to get back to normal now, and I'm just looking forward to getting home to my own house again," she said.

Mr McLaughlin said the support shown to Ms Lilly has restored his faith in people.

"The burglary and attack on Ms Lilly showed the bad side of people, but the support fund and how people responded to it, shows there is always a better side to people.

Meanwhile, a man has been remanded in custody charged in connection with the break-in at Ms Lilly's home.

Thomas Alcock (48), of no fixed abode, who is charged with burglary and threatening to kill, will appear again in court on March 14.

Irish Independent

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