WHEN busy Catherine Crompton placed her purse on top of the car and drove off without realising she thought she’d never see it again.
After realising what she’d done she anticipated having to cancel bank cards, sending off for new ones and struggling to finish already-stressful Christmas shopping.
But thanks to a big-hearted Sheffield woman – and social networking site Twitter – she was reunited with her much-loved purse in just a few hours.
Clare Farmer found the purse lying in the road at West Bar and posted an appeal on the website, which was eventually spotted by an someone who knew Catherine.
Catherine, aged 29, of Pitsmoor, said: “It’s all a bit bizarre really.
“I’d had a really bad day and had already lost my keys, I was at Tesco when I found my keys then had my purse on top of the car.
“It wasn’t until the next day that I realised it was gone and it must have flown off the roof as I drove.
“I was really upset but then I got a message from an acquaintance saying he’d seen an appeal on Twitter with my name and could he pass on my number.
“I’d just assumed it was gone forever and I had so much stuff in it, I love the purse as well.
“It was a miracle to be reunited.”
Good Samaritan Clare, who lives in Halfway, was walking with friends when she spotted the lost property.
It was handed back to Catherine when the two women arranged to meet up for a drink in the city centre before Christmas.
Clare, 27, said: “All I wanted to do was get the purse back to the person who’d lost it so I put an appeal on Twitter and it was retweeted about 70 times before Catherine got in touch with me.
“I was so pleased.
“I just hope somebody would do the same for me, especially near Christmas when you need to buy presents.”