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Support floods in for elderly woman assaulted in West Kelowna

A man has been charged with attempted murder, and a GoFundMe has been started

Well-wishers from all around Okanagan are showing their support to a 79-year-old woman who was found beaten near Westside Road on April 29.

A GoFundMe has been started by Lori Flamand-Rapp to help the victim of the attack, identified in the GoFundMe page as Ellie Holmes.

Kevin Lee Barret, 60, has since been charged with attempted murder.

READ MORE: Assault on elderly West Kelowna woman now attempted murder charge

“I am trying to make this new transition in Ellie’s life a little easier on her, as Ellie will not be able to work (why should she at this age),” said Flamand-Rapp on the fundraiser website.

READ MORE: Attack on elderly woman leaves West Kelowna police searching for tips

Flamand-Rapp said that she is the office manager at Westview Village mobile home park, where Holmes is said to live. She said that they should really call her “Amazing Ellie” and that Holmes brightens her day when she tells Flamand-Rapp her life stories.

Just over $6,300 had been raised on the GoFundMe page as of Tuesday at noon.

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