Nancy Liddle worked for over 20 years, at times working two jobs, to save up for her funeral after losing her husband and daughter years ago
A 93-year-old pensioner says her life savings have been stolen - days before she was due to pay her own funeral bill.
Nancy Liddle is now "worried sick" about dying as she has no family to help foot the bill as she lost her husband and daughter many years ago.
The Whitby pensioner worked for over 20 years to squirrel away the £3,000 - at times working two jobs - and says she "nursed the money like a baby".
She withdrew the savings from the bank after arranging a meeting with funeral directors to discuss and pay for the funeral she wants for when the day comes.
The theft came to the attention of kind-hearted taxi driver Mark Bradley, who picked up Nancy one day.
The dad-of-three said: "One day Nancy was shopping in town and I picked her up. She was shaken up and upset so I asked her what was wrong.
"She said 'they robbed me' so I thought it must have been £10 or £20 quid but she told me it was £3,000!"
'All the money she had in the world'
He added: "It was all the money she had in the world now she's panicking about how she's going to pay for her funeral."
Nancy is "overwhelmed" at the generosity of the community which has raised over £800 so far.
She retired at 65-years-old after working as a retail manager in Woolworths and in the highways offices.
Nancy added: "I'll be very lucky to see it again. It is very very kind of Mark to set up this fundraiser, I didn't expect that.
"Even if I can get a little bit back.
"All my family have gone, I lost my husband at 50 and my daughter young to cancer. I have plenty of friends but it's hard when you've got to fend for yourself."
The money is said to have been taken from her bungalow in December and police officers investigating the crime say a man has been arrested in connection with it.
A spokeswoman from North Yorkshire Police said: "A 25-year-old local man arrested on suspicion of theft has been released under investigation while enquiries continue."
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