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Sir Richard Branson has moved to offer a reward to an honest teen who found £700 outside Sainsbury’s.
The Virgin boss has rewarded the trust-worthy teen who stumbled upon hundreds of pounds outside a local branch of the retailer.
Sainsbury’s is one of the so-called Big Four retailers in the country, and the incident unfolded outside of a store in the North West.
The teen, named Rhiannon, aged 14, discovered a wallet on the way to her school earlier this month.
On December 9, the teen came across the wallet and saved their family’s Christmas by handing it in.
Its owner eventually came forward and thanked her – as it contained all their money for their children’s Christmas presents, reports the Echo.
Rhiannon’s mum, Sarah Litherland, said: “His assistant has just rung and said she’s with Richard Branson and he’s read the article and he’s very impressed.
“He said it touched his heart to see that there’s still kind people out there especially in these hard times.
“And he wants to reward Rhiannon with a day experience with Virgin worth £200.
“I had to explain to Rhiannon who he is. He wanted to speak to her but she was really shy saying ‘no no no’.”
She said: “She’s decided she’d like to take her grandad. She hasn’t seen him for a year now as he got diagnosed with lung cancer at the beginning of the lockdown.
“She saw there was a big cat feeding experience and he used to own a pet shop and consultant with the zoos. He’s not been able to do that for years because he’s been poorly so she would like to take him there.
“But there’s also a lunch for two at Harry Potter World so she’s undecided. She’s waiting for him to ring back to say which one he likes the idea of.”
She received a £20 voucher from Sainsburys which her mum said “really made her feel good about herself”.
She has also received a £20 Amazon voucher and two anonymous donations of £100 all from strangers who read her story.
Sarah said: “One lady left a beautiful letter saying she didn’t want it to go to charity, she wanted Rhiannon to spend it on herself.
“Another £100 came from old aged pensioners who had been saving all year to try and help somebody else at Christmas.
“But then they saw Rhiannon’s story and decided they’d rather give it to her because she helped somebody else out.”
She continued: “Especially, because she finds it really difficult speaking to people she doesn’t know. Because of her autism she has panic attacks.
“Usually she wouldn’t go into Sainsburys because of that but the fact that she was scared to go she still went in anyway.
She said: “We bought her snails as a reward because she’s been pestering us for snails for two years.
“But because she can’t keep her room tidy we had said she wasn’t responsible enough.
“But clearly she’s responsible because of the wallet.”