Feb 15 2013 by Annette Belcher, Solihull News
AN OLTON woman has offered her late father’s stamp collection to a 95-year-old who had his own ‘life’s work’ stolen recently.
The victim, who served with the Military Police in the Middle East, has been left ‘devastated’ by the loss of his 10,000-strong collection, which dates back to the 1930s.
The treasured albums were taken from the pensioner’s home, in the Sharmans Cross area, last month.
Now he has been inundated with offers to replace his work, including a mystery benefactor in Australia.
Among them Adele Hill, who was moved by the story and has offered her dad’s cache to the victim of the burglary.
“I had been wondering what to do with my father’s collection and when I read about the elderly gentleman, I could not think of a better person to give it to,” said Miss Hill.
“I could just imagine how my own father would have felt if it had happened to him after all the time and effort he had put in.
“I know my father would want his collection to be given away in this way too.”
She had sympathy with the victim as her father, Robert Hill, came face-to-face with a burglar in his home a few years before he died.
“He had forgotten to lock the door and he could hear the floorboards creaking upstairs. He went upstairs to investigate and found a man hiding behind the door.
“The burglar told my Dad he was waiting for someone called John. My dad just told him to leave. I think anger took over and my father was determined to protect his home.”
The stamp dealer from Down Under, who wants to remain anonymous, was also touched after spotting the story on our website and has offered to send some items as a goodwill gesture.
“We would like to send a parcel to this gentleman which would, hopefully, be some consolation,” he said.
The kind-hearted dealer said he had a collection of British, Commonwealth and foreign stamps, which could be of interest.