Saturday 3 December 2016

Nurse reunited with lost rent money after Good Samaritan calls radio station

Published 03/10/2016 | 19:36

An A&E nurse has been reunited with her €1,200 rent money which she thought she had lost forever after a kind-hearted local called a radio show.

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Grace told RTÉ's Ray D'Arcy that she felt like a "pile of cold ice" had been thrown on her when she discovered that the rent money for her, and her two housemates, had gone missing on her way to the bank in Tallaght, South Dublin last week.

"I was walking in Tallaght on my way to the bank. I had this envelope with the money in it on my way to the bank. When I was about to pay to the assistant I just realised that it is not in my pocket any more. I am 100pc sure that I placed it in my pocket. And then I went back to the places that I have been that time and I couldn't find it."

She explained that it was the rent money for three people.

Asked to describe how she felt, Grace said: "I really cannot describe the feeling. It was like a pile of cold ice was thrown on me. I went to every place that I had been at that time. I even ask the security guards in the mall."

The show then heard from Mary, who had previously called to say she had found a sum of cash.

The caller, dubbed 'Honest Mary' by host D'Arcy, said: "I felt a duty to get it back to the person that owned it. That's why I contacted your show."

Mary then asked Grace what was written on the envelope and the amount inside. Grace, from the Philippines, gave correct answers to both.

This satisfied Mary that she had found the correct person.

Grace said: "I'm very grateful and thankful because I didn't expect for the money to be returned to me. What are the chances? At that time I just hoped that whoever found it is just in real need of it.

"I'm just so happy that somebody like Mary found it and handed it to RTE."

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