Mum Left In Hysterics After Daughter Cuts Up Banknotes To Use Queen's Face On Dolls
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A young mother was faced with a hilariously awkward situation after discovering her child had cut up real banknotes - so she could stick the Queen's face onto her dolls.
Victoria Ingham went upstairs to check on her daughter, Esme, only to find her surrounded by the remains of a £20 and £5 note, both of which were missing the Queen's face.
In a viral Facebook post, which has received more than 11,000 comments at the time of writing, Victoria explained how she didn't know 'whether to laugh or cry' about the situation.
She wrote: "So, come upstairs to find our Esme has cut up 25 quid, absolutely gutted because I am a skint student.
"Anyways, look up to see that she's cut the queen's head out to stick on her dolls. Dunno whether to laugh or cry, all I know is I am absolutely skint so donations welcome.
"Then she's just said, 'I had three dolls mam but you only had two monies.' I am howling."
Upon reading the post, many people offered to send Victoria the money - which is heartwarming really, isn't it?
After seeing the offers flood in, Victoria's friend Rachael Westwood set up a GoFundMe page. So far, £150 has been raised, all of which will now be donated to the children's ward at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
The donation page reads: "ALL DONATIONS to the children's ward at James Cook. Vic is a student nurse, qualifying in September, and has seen first-hand the effects of Covid. As a parent it's hard enough seeing your child ill, however, in these times it can be even harder.
"ALL money raised will go to the ward where they can hopefully spend it on toys, even arts and crafts for young artists like my goddaughter Esme."
As many of the replies to the Facebook post point out, Victoria may even be able to recoup her losses, as anyone with a damaged banknote can actually apply for a replacement from the Bank of England.
According to the Bank of England's official website: "As a general rule, we will only reimburse you with the face value of a damaged banknote if you still have at least half of the banknote."
Judging by the photos, Victoria might be alright after all.