A COUPLE have spent the past week trying to reunite a batch of lost Christmas presents with their rightful owners.
Pam and Andrew Chadkirk, of Pallion, put out an appeal on Facebook and on local radio to trace whoever left three presents behind at a Sunderland City Centre bus stop on December 23.
But, although they have had people come forward in an attempt to claim the presents, they have yet to find their true owner.
Andrew was at the bus stop in Green Terrace between 4pm and 5pm the day before Christmas Eve, when he saw the three boxes.
The 50-year-old thinks they might have been left behind by a woman who boarded a 2C service towards Washington. Pam said: “He just picked them up. It was the day before Christmas Eve and we just want to return them to their rightful owner.
“We phoned the police, but nothing had been reported lost so they said we could keep them.
“We don’t want to keep them, we want to return them.
“So we went on a bit of a mission to find the owner.
“We’ve been on Sun FM, but no one came forward. It’s been shared all over Facebook, and we have had lots of people trying to claim them, but not the rightful owner. It’s three presents that someone has missed out on.”
She added: “Whoever lost them mustn’t be on Facebook as it has been shared all over Sunderland.”
Pam and Andrew, who have two sons, have now set a deadline to find the owner or they will donate the presents to a good cause.
Pam said: “We’ve tried, so if nobody has come forward by the end of New Year’s Eve, I’m just going to take them to the children’s ward at the hospital.”
The gifts were unwrapped in their boxes when they were found, but Pam has giftwrapped them so as not to reveal what is inside to pretenders trying to claim them.
The owner, who must be able to say what the boxes contain, can email Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of tomorrow.