Workers return grandmother's purse


Rhian Waller

THREE recycling centre workers helped save a grandmother’s Christmas.

Carl Manning, Karl Wiseman and Keith Brewer, recycling men who work in Mochdre, were surprised to discover a purse containing £300 in a bag of waste paper.

They handed in the purse, which was found to belong to a woman who was in hospital recovering from a stroke.

Karl Wiseman, a former Ysgol Pen y Bryn pupil who is now contracted to Conwy Council’s recycling service, said: “This doesn’t happen often. I picked up the bag and heard a thud and thought, what was that? I had a little look around and noticed that it had just been thrown into the bottom.

“It was quite heavy and I thought it held a few bits of change. We went into it to see if there was a name or address and we found it had £300 in it.”

He joked: “I thought it would be a nice tip for someone for Christmas!”

The men quickly realised that the money had probably been set aside for the seasonal celebrations.

Karl said: “I’ve lost my money before and had the wallet back with the money gone and I felt gutted. I didn’t want someone else to go through that.”

Carl Manning, who was part of the crew who found the purse, said that he was worried that the purse had been lost by someone who would not be able to buy presents for her grandchildren, as turned out to be the case.

Kate Hardy, a recruiting consultant for Randstad who recruited the men for Conwy Council, praised the crew for their honesty.

She said: “Not many people would give in £300, especially at Christmas time. We want to say a big thank you to them.

“They are a nice bunch of lads, very reliable.

The purse was handed in to the old lady’s daughter, and the family were so pleased to recover the money that they gave the bin men a generous Christmas tip.

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