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Family amazed by public support after appeal to find late mum’s Harry Potter books

Appeal Harry Potter books
Billy and Hannah Shepherd at home.

A dad has been left amazed by the support he received after losing a set of Harry Potter books which belonged to his late wife.

Billy Shepherd, who owns a leaflet delivery system, accidentally donated the sentimental items to the Cancer Research charity shop on Brook Street, Broughty Ferry, where they were bought by an unknown customer.

The collection, which contained all seven books in the series, belonged to his late wife, Veronica, who died from cancer four years ago at the age of 45.

Billy’s 16-year-old daughter, Hannah, was left “heartbroken” by the loss of the novels, which were left to her by her mother.

In an effort to get them back, the 55-year-old dad, who lives in the Ferry, launched a Facebook appeal urging whoever purchased the books to come forward.

The post has now garnered more than 7,300 shares, with many coming forward and offering to replace the family’s collection.

Billy and Hannah.

Billy said: “It’s amazing really, I certainly didn’t expect that level of support.

“It seems to have resonated with people a lot, we’ve had lots of offers to replace the books but we’d rather keep looking for ours.

“Still, it is amazing. I never thought that we would get anywhere close to 7,000 shares.”

Despite the large amount of support they have received from the public, Billy is starting to worry that the books may not be found.

Billy Shepherd said he hasn’t given up hope of the books being returned to the family.  Mhairi Edwards/DCT Media

He said: “The longer we go without finding them the less optimistic I become.

“It’s been over a week now, and the only thing that’s giving me hope is that, with Cancer Research being a charity shop, customers there are likely to be a little bit older which means that the message could take longer to get out there.

“I was also thinking that, if the person who does have the books comes forward, we would be happy to replace their set with one of the collections we have been offered.

“Even if we don’t get them back, we still really appreciate how much everyone has done to help us out here.”

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