Mum’s Christmas saved as stranger finds phone with hundreds of family pics

A mum was left shocked after a potential Christmas disaster was averted by a kind stranger.

Welsh mum Mari Thomas panicked after losing her phone – and with it hundreds of family photos – during a shopping trip to Ellesmere Port's Cheshire Oaks retail park.

Her husband checked the car park, but to no avail, and she assumed that it was gone forever.

She told the Liverpool Echo: “When I thought I’d lost it, you panic, don’t you? You just think, ‘What are you going to do without it?’

“It’s not a very high-tech phone, but it’s a decent one – but to me, it’s worth everything, because I rely on it so much.

“Those pictures are not just valuable to me but to their families as well, because we put them up on the Facebook page.”

Having continued with the shopping trip, Mrs Thomas returned to the family car later that day and was greeted by a note on the windscreen.

She initially thought she'd parked in the wrong place, or she had done something wrong.

However, to her surprise it was someone saying that they had handed her phone into the nearby Hungry Horse restaurant.

She recalled: “It was such a pleasant surprise.

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“I honestly couldn’t believe it that somebody had gone to the bother of writing the note in the first place, and then taking it to somewhere where I could pick it up just by going in and collecting it.

“I was so grateful, because like everybody else, on your phone, you’ve got so many photos and memories that you’d never get back if you lose your phone.

“I just want them to know that I appreciate so much what they did for me.

“Not many people would do that – it was very honest and honourable of them to do such a kind act.”

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