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Carlisle dad helps girl whose Christmas money went missing

A big-hearted dad has leapt to the rescue of a little girl whose Christmas money went missing.

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A time for giving: Stephen Dent with Bethany Graham

Stephen Dent has replaced 10-year-old Bethany Graham’s purse, £45 in cash, and cinema tickets.

He was moved after reading in the News & Star how Bethany was left devastated when her purse was taken from the ladies’ toilets in the Vue cinema in Botchergate, Carlisle, on Boxing Day.

Bethany had been given the money for Christmas and she wanted to buy something for her dad with it.

Her purse also contained ‘Grandad’ stickers which she planned to use to make a card for her grandfather.

Mr Dent, manager at Dawson and Sanderson in Lowther Street, Carlisle, said: “When I read the story and saw Bethany’s picture it made me think of my own daughter who is 12.

“I know what she is like with money and I’m always telling her to be careful where you leave it.

“It touched a nerve because I know how devastated my little girl would have been as well if that happened to her.

“It’s not just about the money – it’s the fact that someone has taken it so I wanted to replace it.

“It’s not something I’ve done before but it is the time of year for giving and I hope it will put a smile on her face.”

Mr Dent also bought Bethany a new purse with a gift card for the cinema inside.

Bethany’s mum Shirley Watson, of Beverley Rise in Harraby, was brought to tears when the News & Star told her of Mr Dent’s kind offer.

She said: “I’m touched – it just shows there are lovely, genuine people around.

“Bethany will be dancing for joy. It means the world to her.

“We would like to offer Stephen our sincere thanks. We are truly grateful and overwhelmed.”

Bethany wasn’t sure if she left the purse behind and someone had picked it up or if it had been stolen.

She reported the matter to the police and the cinema and left a message on the Vue’s Facebook page in the hope someone may have picked it up and would return it.

She said she had been feeling very upset since the incident but was now “much happier” and “[Mr Dent’s offer] had “turned her frown upside down”.

“I am very grateful that someone with a kind heart has come forward after being touched reading my story in the News & Star,” she said.

The family are still appealing for anyone who may have seen the orange, black and white purse in the toilets between about 1.40pm and 2pm to get in touch via the News & Star on 01228 612665 or email

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Top Man Ste Dent.. Proper Cumbrian Gaggy,, Typical Cumbrian Kind hearted and thinking of others, Well done Steve

Posted by Mally on 6 January 2014 at 14:15

Restores my faith in humanity...Well done that kind man :)

Posted by Vonbon on 6 January 2014 at 01:06

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