Saturday 16 December 2017

Prosthetic leg lost under Christmas tree at King's Cross returned to 10-year-old

A prosthetic leg with trainer and tied laces was one of the odder items in Transport for London's lost property offices
A prosthetic leg with trainer and tied laces was one of the odder items in Transport for London's lost property offices
Pollyanna Hope, who left her prosthetic under a Christmas tree at King's Cross St Pancras last November (Family handout/PA)

A prosthetic leg - complete with trainer and tied laces - is one of the more unusual items that can be found in Transport for London's (TfL) lost property offices.

It might seem hard to misplace a leg, but one young owner did just that after becoming entranced by a Disney-themed Christmas tree.

Ten-year-old Pollyanna Hope, who lost her right leg when a bus mounted a pavement and ploughed into her in 2007, inadvertently left her prosthetic under a Christmas tree at King's Cross St Pancras last November.

Her father Christopher Hope, assistant editor and chief political correspondent at the Daily Telegraph, retrieved the missing limb the next morning.

Mr Hope, 44, said: "She was looking at the Disney Christmas tree and must have put the leg down and then just whizzed off in her wheelchair.

"Someone ran after her but she's so fast she just disappeared.

"She was there with my wife's sister who was mortified to lose the leg. They left it leaning against the tree - like it was a present.

"My wife Sarah phoned up the station and said: 'Help, we've lost a leg'. They phoned back within 30 seconds."

Pollyanna was with her family in south west London when a bus mounted the kerb and crashed into them, causing the then two-year-old to lose her right leg and killing her grandmother Elizabeth.

Determined to inspire other amputees, she ran a 5km race in Sierra Leone just five years later. She raised more than £3,500 for Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope charity, set up in memory of Pollyanna's grandmother, which helps children in developing countries who have lost limbs.

Other unusual possessions abandoned by travellers on London's transport network include a life-sized stuffed Spiderman doll, an urn of ashes and a full-sized house carpet.

More than 300,000 items were handed in to TfL's lost property last year, including around 150 phones a day.

Press Association

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