Desperate hunt for missing dolly

by Sylvia Pownall
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A SWORDS mum has issued a plea for the safe return of her daughter’s most prized possession – a rag doll bought for her by her late grandmother.
The four-year-old decided to donate some of her old toys to the St Vincent de Paul charity outlet at the Castle Shopping Centre – but accidentally left her dolly behind.
The treasured toy (right) has since been sold, and the shop has sent out a plea on Facebook which has already been shared more than 1,700 times.
The child’s mother revealed: “This was bought by her late nana on her last holiday and now my little girl is distraught.
“I will pay whatever to get it back, due to the sentimental value. If anyone could help I would really appreciate it. Would be lovely to have her Angel nana to leave under the Christmas tree.”
A volunteer at the Swords shop told The Gazette: “We have heard nothing so far. It has been shared online by so many people so we are still hopeful.
“It’s so sad for her. I hope that whoever bought it realises on time so they can get it back to her for Christmas.”
The Facebook post reads: “We got a call from a mum whose little girl accidentally donated her dolly that her late Nan bought her.
“She wanted to donate some of her toys to the ‘poor children’ but, accidentally, her favourite doll was in the bag.
“If you bought or know someone who bought it we would really appreciate it if you could reconnect this little girl with her doll.”
Dozens of people reacted, with one woman offering to donate a brand-new rag doll she had just bought as a Christmas present.
Anyone who can help should contact the shop at 01 840 0752, or visit the St Vincent de Paul Facebook page.

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