Good samaritan replaces Barkingside woman’s stolen pension money after reading Recorder article
A good samaritan has replaced a Barkingside woman’s pension money after it was cruelly stolen.
When Brenda Johnson, 46, read about Elizabeth Russo’s ordeal on the Recorder website, she knew she had to help.
She said: “I was disgusted to read about poor Mrs Russo being targeted by thieves.
“I’m really upset. I usually only donate to animal charities but the story affected me so deeply.
“I hope it will restore her faith in people.”
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Mrs Russo had just withdrawn her £145 weekly pension from Barkingside post office, in High Street, when it disappeared from her handbag, earlier this month.
Staff told her thieves were targeting pensioners using the branch.
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The 82-year-old said she was “devastated” by the crime, which followed a burglary at her home last year and two more thefts.
She was flabbergasted by Mrs Johnson’s surprise offer.
Mrs Russo said: “It’s lovely but it’s such a shock, I don’t know what to say.”
Mrs Johnson, of Barkingside, met Mrs Russo last week.