Kind-hearted getwestlondon readers have worked tirelessly to collect thousands of pounds for an elderly Second World War veteran - in just two days.
Within hours of our publication of a story about how Lionel Lake, 91, had had his life savings snatched from his home while he slept, the crowd-funding page had gone live.
By Friday afternoon (May 1), 326 people had donated £4,659 in less than 48 hours with kind messages of support for the Ruislip great grandfather.
Members of the crime awareness group for Ruislip and Eastcote rallied together to fundraise by sharing the story online and asking local businesses to put up posters and collection boxes.
When modest Mr Lake, of St Catherine's Farm Court, Howletts Lane, Ruislip, heard what people had taken it upon themselves to do, he said: "They haven't, have they?
"I'm just an ordinary bloke. I didn't fight the war by myself. I haven't done anything."
His granddaughter Sally Fitzgerald, a 37-year-old medical centre receptionist from Ruislip, added: “I'm just so grateful. It's overwhelming that people can be so kind.
“To take it upon themselves to do this when they don't even know him, it's just amazing. People have got their own stresses in life, so to do that is just so lovely.
"I just don't know how to say thank you enough. Hopefully he can look back on this now as a positive time, rather than something awful that happened."
The crowd-funding webpage was the idea of Alan Palmer, administrator of the Crime Awareness Group for Ruislip and Eastcote on Facebook, who was so angered by Mr Lake's story he felt he had to do something to help.
Mr Palmer, 59, of South Ruislip, said: “The response has been incredible. Even a 13-year-old boy has offered his pocket money to help Lionel and local shops are helping too.
“The feedback about our group is amazing, people love it and really feel part of a community.”
Posters and collection boxes now appear up and down Ruislip High Street.
The group hope to raise £6,000 so all of Mr Lake's savings can be returned and a donation can be made to charities of his choice: Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.
Robert Newman, owner of Manor Cards, in Ruislip, has displayed posters in his shop window.
He said: "It seemed like the obvious thing to do. I've been part of the group since it began and we like to help the community."
To help the group reach their total target of £6,000, click here.