Donations, gifts and messages of support have flooded in from kind readers determined to help a disabled pair who were robbed of Christmas.

Burglars targeted Harry and Myrtle Redkin’s home and stole more than £1,000 cash they had saved up for Christmas presents, bills and food.

However following an appeal in last week’s paper, kind readers have inundated the Braintree and Witham Times with Christmas cards, gifts and pledges totalling more than £1,000.

Mr Redkin was paralysed from the waste down in a horrific car accident near Great Leighs in 1980 and his mum Myrtle, 85, is deaf.

The pair were moved to tears when the Times told them of readers’ kindness and Mr Redkin said after such a horrific ordeal, it had restored his faith in humanity.

Full report in this week's paper.