Police are urging anyone with information about the burglary or the whereabouts of the stolen items to call them on 101
More than 130 sympathy cards were on show around the house, off Cranmere Road in Melton, along with a large photo of her late husband on the fireplace and a book of condolence on the table.
But this didn’t deter the raiders from stealing sentimental jewellery and cash from the 73-year-old partially sighted widow’s home.
Jewellery taken included an engagement ring her husband had bought her and a silver Pandora bracelet with a gold charm on it which he’d also bought for her. Other stolen items included a gold locket with red stones around it and a gold ring which looks like a snake with jewels in its eyes.
The widow, who didn’t want to be named, had been married to her late husband for 25 years. He died earlier this month, at the age of 73, from a failed kidney transplant which he had 13 years ago. During his lifetime he’d raised more than £40,000 towards kidney research.
His funeral was held on Thursday. His widow had been staying with her daughter overnight when the thieves struck in the early hours of Saturday.
Her daughter, Mandy Ingham, said: “We’re devastated. It’s just despicable and callous that someone could do this. They would have known what has happened but they had no regard for anyone’s feelings.
“My mum feels vulnerable now. She says she feels invaded. They took all of her underwear out of her drawers and of her husband’s clothes were strewn around the bedroom. We just can’t understand how anyone could do something as cruel as this. It’s been such a traumatic time for my mum and this has just added to it.”
Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the burglary or has any information about the incident or whereabouts of the stolen items to get in touch. Call Pc Simon Alborn on 101, quoting incident 97694.