Precious memory returned

Gabriel and Cassie Lovering with a photograph of Harvey and the pendant that was recovered. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d419358
Gabriel and Cassie Lovering with a photograph of Harvey and the pendant that was recovered. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d419358

The Bayswater mum lost three-year-old Harvey, known as The Cure-ageous Lion, in June to a chest infection after he battled a rare brain tumour most of his short life.

Since then, Mrs Lovering has worn a silver necklace with charms representing her son, taking it off only to swim or shower.

She took the necklace off while on holiday and put it in her purse, only to wake on Thursday, April 24, at a Geraldton caravan park to find the purse and necklace stolen. Mrs Lovering said she was devastated.

‘It’s only a necklace to some people but to me it means everything,’ she said.

‘I received part of the necklace after Harvey passed away from somebody I never met before; I was given a gift box with charms – an ‘H’, an angel wing and a lion, which all represented Harvey. One day in the mail I got the picture charm from someone in Switzerland I’d never met but who had read my blog about Harvey.

‘It has Harvey’s fingerprint on there from when he passed away because it was so sudden we had not had a chance to do it before.’

Mrs Lovering was forced to return home from holiday without her most precious item.

She found herself reaching for it out of habit to play with.

On April 26 the necklace was handed to Geraldton police and sent to the Bayswater station, where on May 1 the priceless piece was returned to Mrs Lovering.

‘I was a blubbering mess,’ she said.

‘Everybody’s fingerprint is their own individual part of them and when I picked the necklace up with Harvey’s fingerprint, I didn’t realise how distraught I was that it was missing.’

She did not know the circumstances of its return but said she was was eternally grateful.