Successful Herts Ad appeal: St Albans charity shop traces owner of accidentally donated sentimental photographs

PUBLISHED: 12:53 10 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:53 10 July 2019

These pictures were found in a secret compartment of a wooden box donated to a Rennie Grove charity shop in Fleetville. Picture: Jane Folwell

These pictures were found in a secret compartment of a wooden box donated to a Rennie Grove charity shop in Fleetville. Picture: Jane Folwell

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Sentimental photographs which were accidentally donated to a St Albans charity shop have been reunited with their owner, thanks to the Herts Ad.

These pictures were found in a secret compartment of a wooden box donated to a Rennie Grove charity shop in Fleetville. Picture: Jane FolwellThese pictures were found in a secret compartment of a wooden box donated to a Rennie Grove charity shop in Fleetville. Picture: Jane Folwell

Staff at the Rennie Grove Hospice Care shop on Hatfield Road had been hunting for the owner of about 50 historic photographs which were found in a secret compartment of 
an anonymously donated wooden box full of costume jewellery.

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Assistant manager at the shop, Jane Folwell, realised the 20th century snaps were of sentimental value and quickly launched an appeal to trace the owner of the pictures.

After a fruitless campaign on social media, Jane turned to the Herts Ad for help - and just 
days later, the owner was located.

These pictures were found in a secret compartment of a wooden box donated to a Rennie Grove charity shop in Fleetville. Picture: Jane FolwellThese pictures were found in a secret compartment of a wooden box donated to a Rennie Grove charity shop in Fleetville. Picture: Jane Folwell

A St Albans nurse, who would prefer to remain anonymous, recognised herself in a double-page picture spread of the appeal in the Herts Ad.

Manager at the charity shop, Diane Kelleher, said: "I didn't know if it was going to be a dead end or if nothing will happen, but when she come in she was over the moon and it was so lovely."


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