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For Elaine Campbell the kindness of a mystery man from Lynn has made a big difference to her birthday celebrations.

Her aunt, pensioner Joan Harvey of Windsor Road, Lynn who is now in her eighties, sends her niece Elaine a birthday card, who lives in Edinburgh, every year.

Joan was born in 1934 in Lynn, and she is the fourth child of Frederick and Florence Dixon.

Elaine Campbell and her aunt Joan Harvey. (52166914)
Elaine Campbell and her aunt Joan Harvey. (52166914)

Elaine's late parents are called William Cruckshank and Olive nee Dixon and her grandad was a stonemason who worked on restorations of St Nicholas Chapel and St Margaret’s Church. Her mum was a Lynn girl and they have a lot of family history in the town.

Inside this particular birthday card Elaine's aunt Joan had written a message that she had enclosed a total of £30, a portion of which was for Elaine to buy some flowers for her parents' graves.

However, on the way to post the card it somehow got lost, possibly falling out of her trolley bag near Windsor and London Road.

Elaine Campbell and the note from 'Andy' the kind mystery man. (52166989)
Elaine Campbell and the note from 'Andy' the kind mystery man. (52166989)

Miraculously, Elaine received the card containing a new message and £30 in cash.

The message read; 'Hi, I found this card on the ground near where I live a few days ago. It looks like someone has opened it up, and taken the money that was inside, which is a bit sad. Anyway, I've replaced the money (I think) and thought I'd send this on. Hope you have a good belated birthday, Andy.'

Having received the card, Elaine found out that it was a cheque that her aunt had sent so she has decided to donate the cash, that the kind stranger sent, to charity.

Andy has found the card and replaced the money and Elaine Campbell is keen to thank him. (52166973)
Andy has found the card and replaced the money and Elaine Campbell is keen to thank him. (52166973)

Elaine said: "I would like to be able to thank him and we are hoping he will read this. I don't see my aunt as often as I'd like and she always sends me a birthday card.

"It is possible we may not find the person but it was such a lovely thing to do.

"My aunt hadn't put money in she had put a cheque in which had disappeared so I will donate the £30 cash to Poppy Scotland, a forces charity as it is coming up to that time."

So if Andy the kind stranger would like to contact Lynn News on newsdesk@lynnnews.co.uk so that we can put you in touch with Elaine and Joan, what a lovely ending to the story of the mystery act of kindness it would be.



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