A WEYMOUTH woman left sickened after thieves stole her garden furniture has had her faith in humanity restored thanks to a kind donation.

Jeanette Perry, 67, was frightened and upset after thieves sneaked into her front garden and swiped her wooden bench and table in an overnight raid.

She called the thieves ‘horrible’ and ‘petty.’ Miss Perry has lived on the Springfield Estate in Broadwey since 1986. She said she is ‘very grateful’ after she received a new bench. She suffers with osteoarthritis and can’t walk far.

James Austin, from Atouchofwood in Weymouth, said he was so moved by Miss Perry’s story that he offered to build her a new bench.

He hit out at the thieves, saying: “That’s what got me – how can someone be so cruel?

“I was quite moved by the story. If I can give back to the community that’s what I’ll do.”

Mr Austin takes recl-aimed wood and creates expensive-looking furniture for ‘next to nothing.’ Miss Perry said she was delighted with her new specially-made bench.

She said: “I’m very grateful. It makes you realise there are good people – not everyone’s out to pinch stuff and do you down – that the world is a good place.”

She added: “It was very kind of him.”

Miss Perry said she and her dog Sofie were looking forward to being able to sit back out in the garden.

Dorset Police are investigating the theft of the bench but say so far no arrests have been made.