THE story of fraud victim 88-year-old Joyce Porter has touched the hearts of many people in the Banbridge district.

Wednesday, 24th March 2010, 9:26 am

People have been genuinely moved to hear how the vulnerable pensioner, who is crippled with debilitating pains, was robbed of her life-savings.

As a gesture of goodwill, some businesses in the town have presented gifts to Joyce, after learning about her ordeal.

The Leader presented the gifts to an overwhelmed Joyce, who said she wanted to publicly thank everyone for their kind words, messages and letters of support and gifts.

"This is so kind and I want to sincerly thank the good people of Banbridge. People have been so kind and I can now just draw a line under the whole thing."

Joyce also thanked the staff at Spelga Mews where she is now resident. "They are all so kind and thoughtful and have been so good to me."

Joyce's best friend Mrs Iris Proctor also thanked people for their generosity and kindness at this time.

Businesses who kindly donated gifts to Joyce included The Outlet, Quails and PW Sales.

The Outlet sent Joyce a hamper which included Irish Linen, a scarf, a tea-set, luxury chocolates, ginger cordial, a calender, hand cream and soap.

Quails provided a luxury food hamper which included a mouth-watering array of goodies including fine preserves and jams. PW Sales very kindly presented Joyce with a panini press which the staff at Spelga Mews said would come in very handy for Joyce and all the other residents.

The Proctor family has asked the Leader to pass on their thanks to everyone who has supported Joyce through this difficult period.