There were tears at bedtime when little Benjamin Povey lost his ‘Doggy’ while out shopping with his childminder in Spalding.
Benjamin (2) had dropped the toy near the ramp by Argos in Swan Street and might never have seen it again had it not been for a kind-hearted Spalding Guardian reader.
Sharon Gray contacted us because she couldn’t bear to think of a child being devastated to lose a favourite toy.
She said: “I spotted it on the path and put it on the railings, but when I came back about half an hour later it was in the middle of the road. I couldn’t leave it there, so I picked it up and called the Guardian.”
We posted an appeal on Facebook for anyone who recognised the little light brown spaniel-type dog to get in touch.
Within minutes Dean Junior Taylor responded “Isn’t this Ben’s?”
And childminder Alice Linger replied “Yes”.
Arrangements were made for the big reunion, but not before an anxious night for Benjamin, who was terribly upset to be without his favourite toy.
Mum Karen said: “His twin Oliver goes right off to sleep, but Benjamin has a ritual at night and spends 10 minutes organising his pillow, his two bunnies and Doggy.
“I had to tell him Doggy had gone to see his mum and dad and scoured the internet to try to find something similar.
“We were so pleased to hear he had been found. When we gave it back to him you could see he was delighted by the big expression on his face. He looked at it and shouted ‘Doggy!’”
Now Karen thinks there should be somewhere in town for people to take lost toys – and suggested us! Karen said: “When a child loses a toy it’s something precious to them. There should be somewhere people could take them.”
We agree – and so, from now on, if you find a toy a child may have lost and you think it could be giving a family sleepless nights, drop it in at the Spalding Guardian office in The Crescent and we’ll try to unite it with the owner.