Appeal for beaten Tommy smashes target

Tommy Ward in hospital and before the attack
Tommy Ward in hospital and before the attack
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An appeal to raise £30,000 for a grandad brutally beaten by robbers in his South Yorkshire home has smashed its target in just days.

More than 2,000 people donated thousands in just four days to the GoFundMe page set up for 80-year-old former soldier Tommy Ward.

The campaign was launched after thugs beat up Tommy and stole his £30,000 life savings.

All the money will go directly to Tommy’s family and will be used to help him with the care he will need.

Tommy has been left fighting for his life after violent thugs made off with the money after viciously atacking him up in his home in Maltby, near Rotherham.

He was left with horrific injuries, needing a six hour operation to staple together a wound stretching from ear-to-ear.

In a message on the appeal page, Tommy’s daughter Jackie Perry, said: “I am stunned. I can’t believe it.

“I would have never dreamed how kind people can be. The money will help pay for the extra care he will need after this.

“What has happened to my dad is life-altering.”

Police are also trying to find the safe which was stolen from Tommy’s house in the raid.

The light grey box contained £30,000 worth of his life savings, which he kept at home instead of at the bank.

Detective Inspector Sean Bird, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “This was a vicious assault and we currently pursuing a number of positive lines of enquiry.”

Police arrested three men, two aged 19 and a 23-year-old, on suspicion of attempted murder after Tommy was found seriously injured in his home on Salisbury Roadon October 1.

n Call 101 quoting incident number 408 of October 1 with any information.