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Woman’s desperate search to find hat given to her by her late fiancé

‘When I put it on I feel as though he is with me,’ says care worker after gift goes missing in store

30 March, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

Belinda Rawlings in the lost cashmere hat which has rainbow-coloured gems

A WOMAN has launched a desperate appeal to find a treasured hat bought for her by her late fiancé, who died months before they were due to marry.

Belinda Rawlings, 54, was left “devastated” when her black cashmere hat vanished during a shopping trip in Angel earlier this month.

Her fiancé, Bruce Bryce-Rogers, had bought it for her as a gift from a boutique while on a trip to Oxford.

He tragically died in a crash abroad in 2001, aged just 34.

Ms Rawlings, from Belsize Park, was leaving the Gap store when she realised it was missing. When she went back inside, she couldn’t find it.

She’s now hoping a shopper saw where the hat went, possibly if someone picked it up by accident, so she can be reunited with it.

Poster that Ms Rawlings has put up around Angel

“When I put the hat on, I feel as though he is with me,” said a heartbroken Ms Rawlings. “I know it seems crazy but I just get so tearful and desperate about finding it.

“We were so perfect for each other. We were so in tune with each other and so happy and grateful for each other.”

The gift was handpicked by her fiancé because of bright and eye-catching beads and sequins which decorate the front of the hat.

Ms Rawlings, a trained artist who is now a care worker, said: “He used to call me ‘Lucky’ and the hat had rainbow-coloured gems – like a lucky pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

“He wasn’t at all materialistic but he had an eye for different things. It’s a little thing that I carry around on my head to take him on my journey with me still.”

In a bid to find her hat, she has put up colourful posters around Angel hoping someone will return it. She is offering a reward, but sadly has had several hoax calls.

To get in touch with Ms Rawlings, email belinda63rawlings@gmail.com

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