Piers Morgan helps raise £21k for war hero, 100, burgled by thugs and hands over a grand of his own cash

PIERS Morgan has helped to raise £21,000 for a 100-year-old war hero burgled by heartless thugs.

Former RAF pilot Len Parry's house was burgled and nearly £4,000 stolen from his safe while he was in hospital for a cancer op.

The veteran was horrified to return home and find the cash, which he used for emergencies and to give to his grandchildren on birthdays, had been robbed.

Big-hearted pals set up a page to raise funds for him which was spotted by Good Morning Britain host Piers, 55.

He put in £1,000 of his own money and urged others to do the same, with the page today soaring past the £20,000 mark today.

The campaign, which has raised seven times what organisers had hoped, now stands at £21,534.

Piers posted the appeal on his Twitter page writing: "This is absolutely disgusting. What a shocking way to treat a great British hero.

"Let's get Len his money back. I'm in for £1000, who's with me?"

Thousands have piled into help Len, with most giving between £10 and £30 in a colossal bid to get the hero back on his feet.

One told him: "Don't let the scum of the world get you down, there's still some decent people out there."

The Justgiving page set up to help Len explained: "Weʼre raising £3,000 to 100-year-old war veteran Len Parry, of Skipton, who had his home burgled and his safe containing over £3k in it."

It went on: "A 100-year-old Yorkshire war veteran who fled Japanese soldiers after being taken prisoner in Singapore during the Second World War, has spoken of his shock and upset after his home was burgled and his safe containing nearly £4,000 was stolen while he was in hospital for a skin cancer operation.

"Former RAF pilot Len Parry, of Skipton, was admitted to Bradford Royal Infirmary on February 4, to have a melanoma removed from his head, but had to stay overnight following a fall, and this is when police believe the opportunist thieves struck."

Len appeared Good Morning Britain today, while Susanna Reid was hosting alongside Ben Shephard.

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