Tuesday 20 December 2016

Appeal reunites owner with money found in donated bag

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GHHC Is this your bag appeal

Early September Garden House Hospice Care started a campaign to reunite money found in bag donated to a charity shop back to its owner.  Each week the Trading Company gratefully receives many quality donated goods which are left at our stores and then delivered to our warehouse to be sorted and cleaned.
 
Long standing volunteer of 18 years Gill Atkinson found £71 tucked inside a donated handbag and we immediately wanted to return this money to its owner.  As we were unaware which store the bag was handed into, Garden House Hospice Care posted an appeal for the owner of the bag through social media and placed posters in our shops. We were delighted with the positive response on social media and local paper Herts Mercury featured the appeal online and in print.
 
In November, nearly 3 months on we received a call from Melanie Brunst from Royston, who had seen the poster of her donated bag in the Royston shop window just a couple of days before her birthday. When Melanie told us how the money was folded into tiny squares (something she always does) we could identify her as the rightful owner.

Melanie said “I couldn’t believe it when I saw the picture of my bag and initially couldn’t understand why it would be on a poster! I was amazed at the lengths which Garden House Hospice Care had gone into trying to trace me-it is really a heart-warming story. I want to say thank you to the volunteer involved again for finding the money I had left in my donated bag. Keep up the good work”
 
 
 
 
Gareth Scott-Evans, Head of Trading said“We are supported so well by the local community we really felt determined to find the owner and give something back. This is typical of Gill who has been volunteering for 18 years and who is an absolute credit to the Hospice. Melanie even donated some of the money back to the Hospice, which we are truly grateful for”.
Long standing volunteer of 18 years Gill Atkinson found £71 tucked inside a donated handbag and we immediately wanted to return this money to its owner.