Gran receives card for late husband – 17 months after it was posted

Dawn Gray with the birthday card that was opened'Photo Emma Mitchell'5/9/11
Dawn Gray with the birthday card that was opened'Photo Emma Mitchell'5/9/11

A KIRKINTILLOCH grandmother who lost her husband to cancer earlier this year has received a card for his 80th birthday – 17 months after it was posted.

Dawn Gray, from Harestanes, in Kirkintilloch, whose late husband Jim turned 80 in April 2010, got the card last week, eight months after he lost his battle with cancer.

The card is one of thousands of items dating back as far as 2007, which were found in a Royal Mail worker’s home in Kirkintilloch last month.

The birthday card had been sent by Jim’s sister Sadie and her husband George McDermot, who live in Australia. It had been posted just a fortnight before George passed away.

Dawn (66) said: “I was shocked to see the card addressed to Jim, it was very upsetting and emotional.

“This month would have been our 48th wedding anniversary and it has been very painful. Getting this card has really upset me.”

Dawn and Jim, who worked in Hillhead Community Centre, have four children and two grandchildren.

Dawn added: “He was a lovely man and I miss him. His family was his hobby and he lived for his grandchildren. Getting the card was very upsetting.

“I know it’s not the fault of the Royal Mail, but you trust them.”

The Herald has been inundated with calls from worried readers about lost mail.

Patricia Davis, from Lennoxtown, says her grandson has only just received a card she sent him in February.

And Pauline Sykes, from Kirkintilloch, says a card for her daughter’s birthday last year has only just arrived.

A Royal Mail spokeswoman declined to confirm how many items of mail have been uncovered.

She added: “Royal Mail Security continue to investigate the matter of a quantity of delayed and tampered mail.

“The remainder of these items will be delivered to customers with a covering letter as soon as possible.

“Royal Mail would like to apologise for any distress and upset caused to any of our customers whose mail has been affected by this incident.

“Any customer who has enquiries about their mail should contact our customer services team on 08457 740 740.”

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