DOZENS of kind-hearted people have raised money to replace the shopping of pensioner who was robbed by a group of teenagers.

Yesterday the Gazette reported how a 77-year-old man was knocked down by a group on bikes as his way back from Lidl in South Ham on Saturday evening.

The elderly gentleman was pushed onto the floor and left in pain as the gang made off with his shopping. 

The incident was described by police as an "appalling assault" on a senior citizen. 

Upset by the incident, one woman decided to create a fundraising page to replace his shopping and pay for him to travel to and from the supermarket by taxi.

And donations came pouring in from across the town.

Basingstoke Gazette:

Within 24 hours, the JustGiving site has raised £600 - enough to replace the man's shopping several times over. 

Hampshire Police are understood to be in contact with the man and are looking at transferring the donations to him. 

A number of people have left messages of support to the victim on the JustGiving page.

One anonymous person wrote: "My Dad is elderly, I’d hate for anything like this to happen to him, our younger generation should respect the elderly, I feel so sad for this gentleman, I wish him all the best for a speedy recovery."

Another added: "I hope the gentleman gets all the support he needs and knows that the good people of Basingstoke care about him. Let's get catch those people who did this too." 

While one woman said: "Well done for this page and please let this gentleman know that there are more good people than idiots and hope he feels better soon."

To donate to the page, visit here