This Lad Found An iPhone, And Instead Of Leaving His Address For A Reward, He Left A Heartwarming Note Instead



When I was 12 I would have done pretty much anything for £20, it is a lot more money when you’re that age. This lad found a girls mobile phone, and turned down the reward offer, though.

I’ve lost a couple of phones over the years. Never seen them since. Not a trace. They obviously weren’t found by somebody as god as this lad.

12 year old Josh Brown was on a train when he found an iPhone, which rang shortly after he picked it up. Michelle Hickinbottom was ringing because her daughter Shaunnah had left the phone on the train by accident. He told the worried mum that he would leave the phone at Selly Oak train station’s ticket office, on his way home to Alvechurch in Worcestershire.

A relieved Michelle was grateful to Josh, and told him to leave his address with the phone so that she could send him £20 as an expression of thanks and gratitude.

When Michelle got to the ticket office to collect the phone, a note with Josh’s address wasn’t with the phone, but this note was.


Michelle started a campaign to find Josh after this, and they were united in Alvechurch. Michelle said:

I just wanted to find him as I thought it was a lovely thing to do. I said to him on the phone at the time it was really appreciated and to leave his address so I could send him £20 to thank him really.
I was choked when I saw the letter. I was really overwhelmed. He will go far in life with an attitude like that. He seems a great lad.

Josh’s mum is rightly proud of him, saying:

We are very proud of him. But he just did the right thing. It was the only bit of paper I had in my handbag. It was the back of an envelope. It was all Josh’s idea. He said he wasn’t going to take any money off her and he’d just ask her to do something nice for someone else in future.

What a good kid.

Josh explained why he wrote the note:

My dad always says “what goes around comes around” and if I lost my phone I would like to think someone would do the same to me. I didn’t think it was a particularly extraordinary thing to do. But I was gobsmacked when it appeared all over Facebook and Twitter.

Nice work Josh.