An eight year-old girl has been reunited with a folder bought to her by her late father - thanks to an anonymous member of the public who helped find it.
Little Katie Kelly was devastated when she misplaced her precious pink folder two weeks ago after attending speech and drama classes in the city centre.
She and her twin Leah, had treasured the ‘Top Model’ folders their daddy had bought them. The folders became even more precious when their dad Patrick passed away nine weeks ago.
Last week the Derry Journal issued an appeal on behalf of the family after the folder was misplaced.
The appeal on the Derry Journal website was read 15,000 times and shared more than 400 times on social networking sites.
However yesterday, to the family’s delight, the folder was returned to the Derry Journal offices.
Collecting the folder, complete with her drama sheets still inside, Katie said: “My daddy brought that back to me.”
Katie’s mother Aisling said: “We are delighted. We can’t thank the ‘Journal’ or the people of Derry enough for their support this means so much to her. She has been through so much already I’m delighted to see her smile. A special thank you goes to the person who returned it, it was very good of them and they’ve made my little girl happy. Thank you.”
A reward had been offered for the folder’s safe return but whoever did so wanted to remain anonymous.
The folder was left in the grounds of the Journal office on Tuesday morning.
An attached note read: “I found this beside a bin in Derry City. There was no one around who appeared to own or want it or interested in it. I thought it was there as rubbish so I rescued it. I was looking at the Journal paper and saw a picture of it and I read the story. I am glad it can be returned to its owner please give the reward money to the Foyle Hospice.”