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Woman reunited with shoebox full of WWI photos

67-year-old Loretta Selway was reunited with her family photos this morning... Photo: ITV Central

A woman has been reunited with a shoebox full of photos from World War One, after she had mistakenly donated them to charity.

67-year-old Loretta Selway, from Water Orton, had anonymously left a donation of six shoeboxes at the Acorns Children's Hospice, in Solihull. But volunteers at the Castle Bromwich store were surprised to find family memorabilia dating back around 100 years in one of them.

The shoebox full of family photos, donated by 67-year-old Loretta Selway... Credit: ITV Central

Holiday snaps, family photos and war shots were among the pictures found and staff had been appealing for help in tracking her down.

Within minutes, relatives phoned Mrs Selway after recognising the snaps posted on ITV News Central and realising they had been taken in by mistake.

This morning, photos and owner were reunited.

I am so pleased to have got these photos back, thanks to Acorns Children's Hospice and ITV News Central... These pictures tell a whole series of events and life-stories... To have lost them would have been a travesty!

– Loretta Selway, speaking after being reunited with family photos over 100 years old