“I like to think of myself as being quite on top of things, especially when it comes to computers and the internet, and that’s where I went down. “It’s just degrading, it’s an insult to your intelligence and you feel so stupid.” Results from the survey carried out by the Sussex Elders’ Commission and Neighbourhood Watch showed nine out of ten people felt being old and living alone made you more susceptible to fraud.
Eight out of ten said it would be safer to live with a companion.
Now the pair are determined to use their newfound knowledge of diet and exercise to help others by setting up new Slimming World sessions in Abingdon and Didcot.
Mrs Lapworth, 57, had piled on weight over several years after losing her husband Mark and working a job she did not enjoy at a bed and breakfast.
David Wilkinson, a Conservative, had represented the Bedwardine ward for seven years and served as chairman of the planning committee and cabinet member for safer and stronger communities during his time at the Guildhall.
Bedwardine was next due to come up for election in 14 months time at the May 2018 elections.
Today, he said: "I have decided to resign from Worcester City Council following seven happy and productive years, as I no longer live in Worcester.
FRAUDSTERS are stealing millions of pounds from elderly victims.
In a 12-month period to November last year, 332 people lost more than £4.25 million, according to figures released by the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.