A family were left in disbelief after a kind-hearted man returned hundreds of pounds found scattered outside a Boots.
On Saturday morning, July 10, Georgeana Kenny, 24, went to local town centre shopping and withdrew £300 from a cash machine to put towards her boyfriend Liam’s 30th birthday celebrations.
Georgeana’s dad, Andy, 53, said that after leaving the Superdrug branch in the town centre, she rang him upset as she realised the money, to pay a saxophone player, was missing.
Taking to social media, the dad and daughter posted on a local Facebook group in the hopes somebody would have information or return the money, but thought there was no chance they would ever see it again.
After he was reunited with the lost cash Andy said he “couldn’t believe” that the money had been returned, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Andy said: “It was her boyfriend Liam’s birthday over the weekend and she’d organised a bit of a do for him at a pub in St Helens [Merseyside].
“She went into St Helens town centre in the morning and withdrew £300 out of a cash machine to pay various people. She then rang me all upset and said she didn’t know what she’d done with the money.
“I said don’t worry about it, I will lend you the money, don’t stress about it. She said she had it in Superdrug in town but now it’s gone.”
Andy posted on Facebook asking anyone who found it to please return it and contact him or Georgeana.
A woman quickly got in touch to say her dad and daughter had found a large sum of money outside Boots, but when Andy went to collect it he couldn’t believe “who was behind the door.”
Andy said: “I went down in the afternoon and I know him. He’s a couple of years older than me but we grew up in the same area. He’s a childhood acquaintance, his name is Paul and I know his brothers.
“When he opened the door I knew him and he knew me right away and I said you couldn’t make this up.
“He said he was out with his granddaughter and she said ‘look grandad, money’ and then as he’s looked there was another note and then another note and that he found £220 of the money.”
Andy said Paul’s daughter mentioned that he didn’t have Facebook, but had asked her to check social media for any word so he could return the money to its rightful owner.
Andy said: “I just said I can’t thank you enough. I tried to offer him £20 as that is what me and Georgeana wanted to do and he said ‘no chance.’
“I even said give it to your granddaughter and he said he was just made up that we got the money back. He was all apologetic because he didn’t find the whole £300.
“I thought there was absolutely no chance of ever seeing that money again. For one it’s unbelievable it was found and for two, somebody to be so kind hearted.
“It’s a lot of money, someone could have taken it to pay their gas bills, or electricity or got a new tyre on their car. Life is expensive.
“It was a fantastic gesture by a very kind man.”