Linda Smith, 56, told the Chronicle she thought she was 'going to die' during the terrifying 20-minute assault which left her needing hospital treatment.
She had been watching television and went to make a cup of tea when the man appeared in her kitchen doorway.
"I said 'what are you doing in my home, get out,' but he wouldn't. Then he hit me and he just kept hitting me," she said.
"He held a screwdriver to my neck and said 'give me your f**king money.' Every time I said hadn't got any, he punched me.
"He was throwing me around like a rag doll. He threw me from the kitchen into the bedroom onto the floor and was hitting me while his foot was on my chest. My dog was trying to protect me so he kicked him too."
The robber - who was covering his face with a scarf - ran off with a £20 note and £15 change following the attack.
He is described as white, in his late 20s to early 30s, about 6ft4ins, of slim build and wearing dark clothing and a hoody jumper.
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* Anyone with any information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 1209 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.