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"Help find my mum" - plea from woman abandoned as baby

Victoria Vardy speaking on YouTube Photo:

Twenty-five years after being abandoned as a baby on the stairs of Chesterfield Co-op a woman has launched a hunt for her birth mum.

Newborn Victoria Vardy - named Katy Elder by shop staff - made front page news in 1987 when she was found zipped in a canvas bag at the store on Elder Way.

More than two decades later, where she came from remains a mystery.

Victoria, who was adopted by a couple in Chesterfield, has taken to YouTube to appeal for anyone who has information about who her parents are.

On the video, she says:

Hey folks, so there's a very slim chance anything will come of this but my story is a tricky one so it's worth a shot. I was born on the 14th March 1987 and that's about all I know. I was left at under 24 hours old in a sports bag in the doorway of the Co-Operative Department Store, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, UK and named Katy Elder by the nurses at the hospital.

The only other clue I have is a bus ticket dated January 1987 for an adult and child going from Norton (near Sheffield) to Chesterfield and back. After that it's a complete mystery. I was adopted by my Mum and Dad who were and are the best people I will ever know.

I am loved and not looking for a new family, just wanting to fill in some blanks and let whoever put me into this world know that I have been given the best possible life I could have been.

The whole thing is a bit of a long shot but I just want to try and get rid of some big question marks hanging over my head. Anyway if you could share this or help would be amazing. Thanks, Victoria

Watch this report below, from when Victoria was found in 1987