Pensioner’s first holiday in 50 years after public raised cash stolen by scam

An OAP is set to enjoy her first holiday for 50 years – after the public raised money she had stolen by cruel conmen.

Poor Janet Jotham, 80, was scammed out of the £750 she had been saving for the rare break.

Rogue traders claiming to work for the council said they needed to cut down trees and hedges in her garden – but took the cash and disappeared.

But strangers have rallied around Janet, from Gloucester, to pay for a trip to Whitstable on the Kent coast.

Grateful son Steven Jotham, 51, said: “It is absolutely amazing that this amount of people have donated. Mum is overwhelmed.

“When the incident happened you just think ‘Those lowlife scum did that to a vulnerable pensioner’.

“However this makes you realise that not all people are bad. From a bad experience came a positive.

“Now mum will holiday in Whitstable where she grew up. She moved to Gloucestershire when she was seven years old but has family there.

“It may be a chance to go and visit people.”

Local community worker Sam Elson set up a Justgiving page for the holiday.

Sam said: “I am shocked, surprised and amazed at the response to donations that the public have made.

“We were not expecting so much to be raised and so happy that so many people helped.

“I am so pleased and so proud of everyone helping out to give her the holiday that she has always wanted.”

To donate visit here.

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