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1 November 2013, 16:50 | Updated: 1 November 2013, 17:10
A 68 year-old Anne Ward from Impington says she's determined not to let the burglars win despite having her home ransacked while she was out visiting her terminally ill husband.
Anne also cares for her disabled son, and got home on Monday night to find jewellery and cash had been stolen, as well as personalised gifts.
When she walked into the kitchen, she stepped on broken glass and realised that the raiders had smashed a back window.
The couple’s bedroom had been turned upside down, with several necklaces, a diamond ring and a ladies’ pocket watch among the sentimental valuables taken.
The retired dinner lady and secretary told Heart: 'It's devastating really. I think it will take my quite some time to get my confidence back. Last night I slept round at my sister's, the second two nights, I kept the lights on. Last night I said this is ridiculous so just left two night lights on as otherwise they've won.'
She added: ' I didn't want to tell my husband but my son said honesty is the best policy so he now knows, but I told him I sorted out the bank books and everything and that I had missed him.'
Cambridgeshire Police urge anyone with information about the burglary to come forward.