A COMMUNITY has rallied around after a 76-year-old woman was brutally mugged.
Friends have described their disgust after Sylvia Ballard was left with a broken arm and stitches in her head following an attack on Saturday night in Kingsway, Mildenhall.
Ms Ballard, who walks with a stick, was making her way home alone from Mildenhall Social Club at around 10.45pm when her handbag was snatched.
She was later taken to West Suffolk Hospital.
Carol McShane, who runs the social club, said: “We are all absolutely disgusted. She was a very frail woman and had just got over a stroke.
“The people who did this are scumbags.”
Ms Ballard had been attending a charity birthday party for friend Teresa Amoss on the night of the attack.
Ms Amoss said the pensioner had gone to get a taxi after refusing four offers of a lift home because ‘she did not want to be a burden’.
“I think we all feel guilty that she went to get a taxi but I am horrified that anyone could attack someone as frail as her,” she said.
Having visited her in hospital, Ms Amoss said Ms Ballard had been suffering from flashbacks to the event.
Ms Amoss said the local community had come together in light of the attack, with more than £200 having been raised for Ms Ballard.
Mildenhall Under-15s Football Club collected £117 at their game on Sunday and the Social Club Bingo Society collected £113.
Three men have been charged following the incident.
Derek McCray, 22, of Heath Road, Brandon has been charged with robbery.
Bjorn Grahn, 20, of Riverside Close, Mildenhall, has been charged with robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.
Sean Woods, 21, of Girton Close, Mildenhall has been charged with robbery.
All three appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Monday.