A fundraising appeal launched by villagers after thieves targeted an elderly woman in Pevensey Bay has raised £1066.

Residents have come together to support the victim.

The woman’s home in Mountney Drive was targeted by thieves on Tuesday (April 13).

The elderly lady, who is very unwell, was distracted and more than £500 was stolen.

A white van was seen in the area at the time.

Sue Jenkins, who organised the response, wants to thank everyone ‘from the bottom of my heart.”

“It will enable her to turn a negative experience into a positive experience, ” she said.