Belper colleagues help reunite missing toy monkey with local youngster

Posted by Rob Smyth | 28/01/2020 | Category: Community


A Belper youngster was left ‘over the moon’ after colleagues at her local Central England Co-op store reunited her with her beloved cuddly toy monkey.

Two-year-old Scarlett Sellars was left smiling from ear to ear after being handed back ‘Maggie the monkey’ by the Strutt Street store team.

The toy, dubbed ‘Mika’ by the colleagues, had been discovered in amongst the chilled chickens and ever since the colleagues had been taking to social media in an effort to bring the pair back together.

Scarlett’s dad David said: “Scarlett was over the moon when she got her monkey back and she gave it a big hug and a kiss.

“She lost her cuddly toy a few weeks ago and she had been asking for it every night since. We looked everywhere but could not find it – we had almost given up hope.

“Then my wife nipped into the Central England Co-op in Strutt Street and saw the monkey sat on the till as she was paying.

“We were delighted and want to say a big thank to all the staff for going out of their way to try and reunite the toy with Scarlett.

“It was great to see the social media campaign they put together – it really showcases the great community spirit that the team from Central England Co-op have.”

Tracey Wilkinson, Customer Service Assistant at Central England Co-op in Belper, spearheaded the bid to get the toy monkey home.

She said: “The monkey was discovered a couple of weeks ago and we were desperate to trace his owners and get him home, although we did become fond of her as our temporary store mascot!

“Although we are going to miss her, we hope she and Scarlett pop in from time to time to say hello.”


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