Kind hearted stranger found after social media search launched to give her the recognition she deserves
Yesterday we asked our readers to help find a wonderfully kind stranger who posted a lost wallet back to its owner - she has now been found.
On Saturday, June 5, Sarah Stewart was dropping her daughter off at the Doncaster Train Station.
She noticed a wallet on the ground - it was unknown to her that it’s owner Nick Burton was currently in a panic as he discovered that it was lost.
“First I took it inside to the transport police but they didn’t want anything to do with it,” Sarah said.
“They told me to just leave it at a lost property area near platform 3B.
“But I just had this gut feeling that it wouldn’t ever get back to its owner.”
Sarah decided to take the wallet home and do some research into how it was best to get the item back to Nick.
After some digging she found an out of date number which was no longer in use but thankfully his driver's license was inside the wallet which meant that she could post it to his home.
“It was a risk because after I looked online I saw the property had recently been sold,” she said.
“So I wasn’t 100 per cent sure he would be there.”
Whilst Sarah was making sure the wallet had the best chance of finding Nick he was feeling less than cool and collected.
On the day he was volunteering at Doncaster Community Business Cup football game.
He was at the train station to pick up one of the players involved in the match.
Nick said: “I didn’t realise it was missing for about half an hour.“By which time I was already at the Keepmoat Stadium.“I searched the ground but couldn’t find it anywhere.”
Nick was over the moon when his wallet came through the post with a note attached.
“I was totally overwhelmed that someone would do something so kind.“After 18 months of negativity it’s really a wonderful thing that they did for me.“It’s not just made my day but my whole year.”
Once Sarah had been located as the mysterious stranger who posted the wallet, The Doncaster Free Press put the pair in touch so that Nick could say thank you properly.
Sarah said: “I just hope someone would do that for me or my kids if I was ever in that position.
“I always try to be kind - I’m a teaching assistant so it comes with the territory.
“I’m well chuffed that he got it back.”
Sarah tries to life her life with an ethos of kindness.
She cares for her elderly neighbour who she took to get their Covid-19 jab and said that it is a quality that is essential in her job.
Nick has decided to donate to a cancer charity in Sarah’s name to say thank you.
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