D-Day veteran who had £2,200 stolen by crooks ‘amazed’ by generous Hemel

Guy Dawes with Amanda Shipp, who presented him with the money donated by the Hemel community

Guy Dawes with Amanda Shipp, who presented him with the money donated by the Hemel community

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A D-Day veteran who was robbed of his life savings will be able to splash out on new carpet thanks to the generosity of Hemel Hempstead folk.

People donated £510 for 93-year-old Guy Dawes after a Gazette report which revealed that crooks had stolen £2,200 touched their hearts.

Among those who rallied round to help was Amanda Shipp, who set up an online Go Fund Me page so that people could fulfil their wish to donate to Mr Dawes, of Leverstock Green.

Mum-of-one Amanda, who recently visited the war veteran to hand over the cheque, said: “It’s just a lovely thing to do.

“He was amazed and he said thank you to everyone. He just couldn’t believe that everyone had done that for him.”

Mr Dawes was targeted by callous thieves while he withdrew money from a cashpoint in Hemel Hempstead town centre last month.

It is believed that a woman watched him and noted his pin number.

The pensioner then returned to the Water Gardens North car park where he was approached by a man and a woman who distracted him by saying he had tomato ketchup on his jacket.

They stole his jacket and went to Barclays where they withdrew £2,200 from his account.

Amanda said: “The worst thing was seeing him and knowing he had been through that and knowing that you can’t rewind time or take back what has happened.”

Barclays has refunded the money that was stolen from Mr Dawes but the online fundraiser means he will be able to replace worn carpet on his staircase.

No-one has yet been arrested for the crime, but the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting crime reference number D1/15/5098.