A mum said she was “shocked” when she discovered her daughter’s letter for her dad in “heaven” was found by a postman and returned to her.
Mum-of-two Sarah, from Leicester, said her eight-year-old daughter had insisted to post the letter to her dad, who passed when she was four months old.
When the child asked her where her daddy lives so she could post the heartbreaking note to him, Sarah had to think on her feet and replied: “Heaven, on Cloud Nine.”
The little girl wrote the letter in private, and Sarah has no idea what is written inside but they posted it in a letterbox near their home in Bewicke Road, Braunstone.
Sianna’s Father passed away accidentally eight years ago when she was just four months old.
“As she gets older, she is becoming more aware and inquisitive about him”, Sarah said.
Now, every Christmas, birthday and Father’s day, she writes a letter to her Dad.
Talking about the newly discovered letter, Sarah said: “Sianna just came into the room that evening and asked ‘where does Daddy live?’ so she could write the address to a letter she had written.
“I have no idea what is in it, I always say that’s between her and her dad.
“I told her it was too late to post it at first but she started crying, so I said ‘come on then’ and we walked to the post box down the street.”
Sarah didn’t think much of it until a local postman, who was deeply moved by the letter as he too had lost his dad, took to social media to appeal for the girl’s family so he could “sort out a little something for the child”.
He wrote: “I’m a postman in the Braunstone area. Earlier today I emptied the red pillar box on Bewicke Road and there was a letter in a child’s handwriting addressed to their dad in Heaven, Cloud 9.
“I’m trying to find the parents of the child as I would like to reach out to them and with their permission sort out a little something for the child.
“I myself lost my dad last year and as an adult found it hard, so I can only imagine what this child is going through.”
Sarah became aware of the post after she started to receive dozens of tags on Facebook.
She said: “I couldn’t believe what I saw.
“I am absolutely overwhelmed by the response of the postman and of everyone who has seen the post.
“I haven’t stopped crying since. I never thought for one second that anyone would find it or do anything with it.
“I just thought it would go in the bin.”
Sarah has now been able to get in touch with the postman and says they had the most “wonderful” conversation.
She is now planning to print out the heart-warming social media comments to create a memory box for Sianna to cherish when she is older.