A crowdfunding page has raised over £1,000 to help a 90-year-old grandmother fighting for her life in hospital after she was attacked in her own home.
The elderly woman was attacked in Lilac Place, Yiewsley, at around 8pm on Thursday April 27.
Neighbours spoke of their shock after the 'heartbreaking' assault, allegedly by a 'hooded woman'.
Joanne Killick, a Yiewsley resident, set up a JustGiving page after hearing about the incident.
"This has made me heartbroken hearing of a lovely 90-year-old getting attacked in such a cruel and horrific way," she wrote.
"No-one deserves this. Elderly people are treasures of the community and should be treated with respect. So if we can all, as a community and out of respect to the 90-year-old, raise some money for her."
The original £500 target was smashed in 24 hours, and the current total stands at £1,090, raised by 70 donations.
Michael Nettle, a generous donor who pledged £200, wrote: "Shocking moment in anyone's life but at 90? Hope this lady does not get put off from doing her normal everyday things and has a full recovery."
Another supporter, Shelley Sandeman, wrote: "I have been so upset and sickened by this, but I take heart in how our community pulls together in times of need. Hoping for a full recovery for this lovely lady."
The victim is said to be in a stable but critical condition in hospital.
Joanne is overjoyed by the response and hopes the donations keep coming in to help the elderly grandmother, who is still currently in hospital.
She added: "This is excellent and so kind of you all for your generosity, let's raise the bar and smash this for her. Thank you all you lovely bunch."
Detective Inspector Claire Hine said: "This was a horrific attack on an elderly, defenceless woman in her own home, which has left the victim fighting for her life.
"We are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen anything that could assist our investigation to come forward."
If you would like to donate, visit the JustGiving page.
Witnesses or anyone with any information are urged to call detectives at Hillingdon CID via 020 8246 1552 or by tweeting @MetCC. To give information anonymously visit Crimestoppers online or call on 0800 555 111.
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