John uncovers treasure in charity tin...

PUBLISHED: 17:30 29 August 2014

John Shaw and the necklace he found in one of his collecting tins.

John Shaw and the necklace he found in one of his collecting tins.

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A CHARITABLE grandad, who spends his time raising cash for Help For Heroes, was pleased to find an unusual donation in one of his collection tins.

John Shaw, aged 63, has been helping the charity which delivers support to those who have been wounded during their service to the Armed Forces, as well as their families, for the past five years.

He has dotted 40 collection tins around Somerset and last week he found something other than the usual coins or occasional generous banknote.

John, of Nye Close in Cheddar, pulled out a gold necklace, which he plans to put to auction to get the highest amount possible to help the organisation.

He said: “I couldn’t believe it when I opened up the tin; this was very generous of someone.

“I have also found a £50 note and half a gold sovereign in the boxes before.”

The father-of-three started helping the charity in his spare time, inspired by family members who are in the forces, and created a Help For Heroes lottery draw, as well as placing collection tins around various spots throughout Somerset.

So far John has raised £150,000 and hopes to bring the total up even more with the auction of this recent 
find.

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