Supermarket gift shopping spree to gran whose Ilkeston home was burgled

Tesco Ilkeston donate shop to local woman who was recently burgled, Julie Bamford is pictured centre with Niece Rebecca Chapman and Customer Experience Manager David Conboy
Tesco Ilkeston donate shop to local woman who was recently burgled, Julie Bamford is pictured centre with Niece Rebecca Chapman and Customer Experience Manager David Conboy
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A woman whose home was stripped bare by burglars, who even took the toilet roll, has been treated to a free shopping spree at an Ilkeston supermarket.

Grandmother Julie Bamford, 56, said the burglars had stolen her whole life when they targeted her home while she was on holiday in September.

Julie, had returned to her home on Third Avenue to find someone had smashed the panel in her back door to get in and emptied the entire house. Her house had been completely emptied by the culprits who stole all of her possessions including underwear, contact lenses and toilet roll.

The only items they didn’t take where the washing machine, bed, sofa and two cushions.

An iPad containing pictures of her three grandchildren, who all died in the last five years from the rare genetic condition Leigh syndrome, was also taken.

After reading her story in the ‘Tiser staff from Tesco in Ilkeston decided to offer her the chance to fill a trolley full of food for free at their Rutland Street store to help her get back on her feet.

Julie, who moved back to Ilkeston to work with her brother at Chapman’s bakery on Bath Street, said: “ What they have done for me is absolutely amazing, I am so grateful to them. I didn’t go mad with luxury items. It’s been a massive help to me”

She bought a quilt cover and the rest was food items and basics.

“I have had help from my family who have all been very supportive.

“I’m still at a point where I can’t decide whether to stay in Ilkeston or move back to Manchester.”

Dave Conboy, customer experience manager, said: “We just wanted to make sure we are doing our bit to help the community where ever we can. It fits in with our ethos of ‘every little helps.’

Police carried out house-to-house enquiries but have not arrested anybody in connection with the burglary.

Ms Bamford said she has lost trust in strangers since and is wary about going out:

“I’m wary about going out but have to go out to work. I don’t socialise.

“I’m really trying to stick it out here because I don’t want to let my brother down. I’m going to bide my time and see how I feel.

“I appreciate all the help I’ve been given. It’s nice to have some of the burden taken off.”

Since the burglary people have donated items such as curtains, pots, pans and a microwave

She added that the house is looking a bit better in the weeks since the burglary took place.