Honest papergirl Abbie Gifford did not think twice when she spotted some money lying in a corridor while she was doing her morning rounds.
Knowing it likely belonged to one of her elderly customers in the sheltered housing complex, she wrote a note and posted it together with the cash through the warden’s letter box asking it be returned to its rightful owner.
The modest 15-year-old then completed her deliveries and went off to school - without mentioning what she had done to anyone.
It was only after the grateful warden phoned her employer Sharon Sisman of C&M Sisman in Stenhousemuir to say ‘thanks’ that her selfless act came to light.
Sharon was so impressed she nominated Abbie for the annual News Deliverer of the Year award presented by the National Federation of Retail Newsagents and they promptly agreed she deserved the top prize for her alertness and being so public spirited.
The judges descibed her as “the perfect employee, polite, punctual, very reliable and highly thought of by all her customers”.
Abbie, a first-year pupil at Larbert High School, travelled to London to receive the accolade from Neil Jagger, general manager of sponsors Trinity Mirror.
She said: “I just wanted to do the right thing and make sure the money got back to the person who had dropped it and I’m glad it did. I didn’t think it was worth mentioning to Sharon.”
The teenager, who lives with her parents Karen and Andrew and wee sister Ellie (5), in MacDonald Court in Larbert, has been delivering daily newspapers to around 40 houses in the Stenhousemuir area for the last two years.
She added: “I think I’ve got a great job and Sharon’s the best boss.”
Sharon said: “I thought what she did was worthy of recognition so I put her name forward for the NFRN National Awards. When she sent a text to say she had won I was as excited as she was. I’m delighted for her. It’s well deserved and I’m sure all her customers will be thrilled.”