Thankful ... Helen Parkes was re-united with her lost digital camera and memories, thanks to the honesty of a stranger who put a notice in the Advocate.
Thankful ... Helen Parkes was re-united with her lost digital camera and memories, thanks to the honesty of a stranger who put a notice in the Advocate. Coffs Coast Advocate/Trevor Veale

Sue a picture of honesty

HELEN Parkes is thanking her lucky stars Coffs Harbour is home to kind-hearted, honest people.

When her 80-year-old mother lost her digital camera at the Coffs Harbour Regional Botanic Garden last week, she thought she'd never see it again.

But the fact that it held all of her 80th birthday party photographs and memories sprung Helen into action.

“I could see Mum was so dejected, all of those beautiful memories gone - especially when your 80, they mean a lot.”

And so last week Helen wrote a Letter to the Editor asking for anyone who had seen the camera to contact her. While she had no response, she was reading the Advocate on Wednesday and noticed one of the 'Found' notices.

“Sue Watts had put in a notice saying she'd found a digital camera at the Botanic Garden. I rang and we confirmed it was Mum's - we were so happy,” she said.

“It's just so nice to know there are still honest people out there. She could have so easily put it in her pocket and taken it. People like this really need to be recognised.”

Sue had her grandsons with her when she found the camera, and said teaching them that honesty is the best policy was a great lesson.

“I made sure I got Sue a little thank-you present,” Helen said.



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