NHS worker who lost purse in UK speechless as it’s found in Turkey a year later

She thinks she threw her purse into the recycling bin by accident (Image: Caters News Agency)

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An NHS worker was left speechless after her purse which she had lost the year before in the UK was found by a man in Turkey.

The unlikely find has led to the pair becoming friends.

After losing her purse in September 2019, Nikita Turvey searched her house from top to bottom but it was nowhere to be found.

The 24-year-old from Harlow, Essex, thought it was gone for good and ordered new cards, work passes and IDs.

But in November 2020, she received a message from a stranger on Instagram who sent a photo of the student card which had been inside the purse.

Kaya, who works in recycling, had found the purse on the ground at work and decided to trace its rightful owner.

The two now regularly chat on social media and Nikita says she would love to meet Kaya if he ever comes to the UK.

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She would like to meet up with Kaya if he ever comes to the UK
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Nikita, who works as a NHS Covid test and tracer, said: “I was gutted when I lost my purse. It has all my college cards in it that I’d saved and my work pass.

“I have no idea when or how I lost it, I just know at that time I was working a lot. It might have somehow fallen into a recycling bin.

“I spent a solid week looking everywhere at home, at work, in all my coat pockets, in old bags. I looked everywhere but had no luck.

“I had no idea that at that time it was already starting its journey to Turkey.

Messages that Nikita received from Kaya on Instagram
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“Then in November I had a random request in my messages in Instagram. I was a bit wary at first.

“But then I realised he had found my purse, and I was gobsmacked when I realised he wasn’t from England.

“We talked a lot for a few days. He sent me a video out walking in turkey and I was showing him what England is like.

“It was quite nice to be connected in such a nice humane way after the year of lockdown, and feeling so disconnected from everyone in the world.

"I'd definitely like to meet up with Kaya if he ever made his way to the UK!"

When Nikita told Kaya to throw the purse away, Kaya jokingly said he would keep two 20p coins inside as a memory, and added that he would bring the purse back to England for her.

She is now concerned about the England sending its recycling to Turkey
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While she was lucky in this case, she is now concerned about England sending recycling to Turkey.

She said: “I had no idea our recycling went to Turkey. I kind of assumed we sent it abroad but I didn’t realise the vast scale in which we do.

“Since then I have learnt more about what we do with our recycling and wrote to my MP to share my concerns.

“We are literally overfilling Turkey, and other countries, with our recycling. It seems so backwards that we don’t do it ourselves.

“It’s unnecessarily adding to our carbon footprint.

Nikita was shocked to find her purse after an entire year
(Image: Caters News Agency)

“It also worried me because lots of people’s data goes into recycling, and things like my purse could have led to fraud and other problems.

“But thankfully for me, I’ve made a friend.

“There’s nothing Kaya could have gained from messaging me except just general excitement over the purse making it to Turkey and wanting to share it with me and there’s something lovely about that.

“I think social media can be a negative thing in a lot of people’s lives but this shows how it can be used to bring people together and connect people from overseas.”