A HEARTBROKEN adopted son has appealed for help after he lost photographs and a letter from his dead mother.
On a trip to Chester last week for the funeral of his biological grandmother, Tom Hopkins, 24, from Carmarthenshire, South Wales was handed the mementos along with his adoption papers by his biological uncle.
He placed it in an inside pocket at the service in St Teresa’s Church, Blacon on Tuesday, July 1, and has not seen it since.
Tom has issued a desperate plea on social networking site Facebook.
He wrote: “I did not get a chance to open it so don’t know what the letter said and as my mum is now dead, I will never find out what it said unless I get it back.
“I am devastated about losing it as it’s me, it is who I am. The papers and documents are also very important and need to be found.
“I have no photos of her so those are of great sentimental importance to me.”
Tom only found out last year he was adopted by his mother Janet in 1985 when just 11 weeks old and discovered his biological mother died from cancer 13 years ago.
When the funeral party headed for the crematorium, Tom stayed in the churchyard to tend to his biological mother’s grave.
After the wake at St Teresa’s Parish Centre, Tom got a taxi and joined the rest of the party at the Marlbororough Arms in St John Street at about 4pm. He also visited his biological sister’s house in Tarvin during the evening.
At 10pm, he walked to Albion Mews in the city centre and discovered the blank white envelope was missing.
His mother Janet has called the council, taxi firms, St Teresa’s church, the Marlbororough Arms, the social club, street sweepers and refuse collection, all to no avail.
If anyone has seen the envelope, they are asked to call 01994 230535.