Uni housekeepers save valuable ring from Henry

TWO hard working housekeepers recovered a valuable piece of jewellery from inside a Henry hoover during a busy graduation week at Edge Hill University. Heroes Brenda and Marion ripped open Henry’s dust bag after hearing how a parent had lost her engagement ring during a graduation ceremony. After delving through the dust and dirt they found the large sparkly flower shaped diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds and returned it to the grateful owner. Brenda Wilkinson, 60, who has worked at the university for eight years, said: “We heard that one of the graduate’s parents had been clapping during the ceremony and had watched her diamond setting come flying out of her engagement ring. “She watched it roll down the seating rows in front but couldn’t find it after the ceremony. She was absolutely devastated as she’s been married for a long time, over 40 years.” Marion Perry, 60, who has also worked alongside Brenda as friend and colleague for eight years, added: “We were halfway through vacuuming the hall when we heard what had happened. “We ripped open the hoover bag and through all the dirt and dust we could see it sparkling. It was beautiful and we spotted it straight away. “Apparently the woman was thrilled to get it back and was overcome with emotion. I’m just so glad we could help.” The hard-working duo who clean buildings across campus, including The Hollies accommodation halls, are no strangers to finding treasured possessions. Marion added: “We tend to find wallets, mobile phones, cameras and keys across campus and return them to their owners but this is the first time we’ve had a mission to find something so valuable and precious.”  Earlier this month the pair received an ‘Above and Beyond’ student award after being nominated by residents of The Hollies who praised their happy, friendly and conscientious nature. Students also praised the care and interest they took in their studies and research and how they always offered a shoulder to cry on if needed.