REPLICA medals lost by the grieving mum of a Sheffield airman killed in Afghanistan while she was out collecting money for charity have been found.
Nicolette Williams, from Shiregreen, was wearing the replicas of the medals awarded to her son, Senior Aircraftsman Christopher Bridge, in Iraq and Afghanistan, as she walked around the city centre on Sunday night collecting donations from revellers.
She is raising money to pay for a war memorial at Shiregreen Cemetery, where her son is buried, and took advantage of the Bank Holiday weekend to boost the appeal.
The cemetery is the only one in Sheffield without a memorial, although dozens of soldiers are buried there.
Nicolette was wearing the medals on her chest when they went missing and was devastated to discover they had gone.
Follow-up calls at the bars she visited along West Street, Carver Street and Barker’s Pool, as well as with the taxi firm who took her home, came to nothing.
She contacted The Star asking for help to track them down and and thisled to an article which was published appealing for information about their whereabouts.
A workman from Sheffield Council’s Street Cleansing Service then came forward to say he had found them while out cleaning Carver Street on Bank Holiday Monday morning.
Nicolette, who is now arranging to collect the medals from the service’s depot at Olive Grove, said: “I’m so glad that they have turned up and grateful to the staff who found them.”