A pair of “amazing” tip workers came to the rescue of a woman who lost her engagement ring, searching through hundreds of bags of rubbish to retrieve the lost item.
Jo Carter, 36, from Caldicot, Monmouthshire, was “in tears” over the kindness of the two men who managed to retrieve her £3,000 engagement ring given to her by husband Craig, 38.
She inadvertently donated the precious jewellery to her local tip, Five Lanes Household Waste and Recycling Centre, along with 15 bags of rubbish in a clear-out.
She was in the habit of storing her ring on an old candle in her bathroom, and managed to throw out the candle while it still had her ring on it.
But against the odds, a pair of workers at the centre – Rhys and Darren – managed to rediscover the missing ring, sifting through hundreds of bags of waste over a period of 45 minutes in order to recover it.
“It has huge sentimental value and is also very expensive and not insured,” Carter told the PA news agency.
“My husband Craig went to the tip and two amazing human beings trawled through hundreds of bags to find it. Their kindness and good hearts have had me in tears.”
Expressing her gratitude to the workers, she added: “I thank them from the bottom of my heart. What a community we live in. Thank you to Rhys and Darren.”
Councillor Jane Pratt said: “I am exceptionally proud of our staff at our Five Lanes Household Waste and Recycling Centre for helping bring a happy ending to this story. This is an excellent example of our staff going above and beyond to help our community. Well done!”
Last December, a couple who lost their engagement ring down a grate shortly after the proposal, were reunited with the jewellery, after an appeal by police.