Twitter appeal helps five-year-old boy find his missing toy cat


Nathan Hawkins was distraught after he left his toy on a bus towards Wimbledon


By Laura Mitchell

A five-year-old boy has been reunited with his favourite toy after a Twitter appeal set up by his mum went worldwide.

Nathan Hawkins, from the St Helier estate, was distraught after he accidently left his toy cat, Yoshi, on the 164 bus from Sutton towards Wimbledon on April 3.

A total of 2,158 people, including Stephen Fry, retweeted after mum Gemma Tombs, 38, appealed on the social networking site.

The tweet, which said: ‘My boy left his little grey striped cat toy on the 164 bus to Wimbledon. Can twitter reunite us?” Hoping!’ was also met with hundreds of messages from well-wishers.

The following morning the family woke up to good news – a tweet from TFL saying Yoshi was safe and being looked after at the Colliers Wood bus garage.

They kept it a secret from Nathan and took him to the garage where he was reunited with his toy – which he takes everywhere.

After TFL heard about the appeal for Yoshi a message had been sent out on the bus’s radios asking for his safe return.

The family are delighted with everyone’s kindness and Nathan is now a very happy little boy. 

Photo courtesy of Documentally, with thanks.

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