A pensioner who lost her handbag with more than £400 inside today thanked the Good Samaritan who brought it back to her.
Ada Hammond, 91, said she was mortified when she got back from a shopping trip in Blackpool and realised she had dropped the bag containing the money she had withdrawn to last her for the next month.
She had gone out with her carer and believes it was just after they left Home Bargains, on Cherry Tree Road, Marton, when she lost the bag.
The great-grandmother, who moved to the resort in 1953, said: “I thought it had gone for good. I couldn’t believe it – I felt sick.
“It’s the first time anything like this has ever happened to me.
“My carer had two shopping bags so I said give me one and I will carry it.
I wish I could give him a medal – he deserves it.Ada Hammond
“I think when I took that I dropped the handbag off my knee.
“As soon as I got home, I was getting the key, which was attached to the handbag, and I realised I had left it.”
But despite calling the police, Ms Hammond said she was not expecting to see the bag – and the money, which she was relying on to see her through the next four weeks – again.
However, she soon got a call saying the bag had been found.
And yesterday, the Good Samaritan, who has asked not to be named, visited her to return the bag.
Ms Hammond said she was glad he had found it – and feared a less well-intentioned person might not have given it back.
“It’s a big temptation,” she added.
“All the ‘thank yous’ in the world won’t help – I wish I could give him a medal. He deserves it.”
Instead, she had to settle for a ‘thank you’ card with a few pounds inside for the man, which she said he could use to “buy a drink on me”.