'It would mean everything to get it back': Heartfelt plea to reunite widow with engagement ring

Tracey Barr is hoping that the public can help reunite her with her lost engagement ring, which she lost while out shopping

Tracey Barr from Heartsease is hoping that the public can help reunite her with her lost engagement ring, which was given to her by her late husband and childhood sweetheart Stephen in 1984 - Credit: Supplied by Tracey Barr

A Heartsease woman is desperate to find her missing engagement ring, a gift from her childhood sweetheart and late husband.

Tracey Barr, who lives in Borrowdale Drive, visited three supermarkets on the day her sapphire and diamond ring disappeared.

But so far nothing has been handed in and she is now hoping a member of the public has stumbled across it.

Tracey Barr, 53, is hoping that people in and around the Heartsease area can help reunite her with her engagement ring

Tracey Barr, 53, is hoping that people in and around the Heartsease area can help reunite her with her engagement ring - Credit: Supplied by Tracey Barr

Along with friend Louise and daughter Sadie, the 53-year-old travelled by car from her home to Sainsbury's in Pound Lane, before heading on to Plumstead Road Aldi and Tesco in Blueboar Lane.

Although Tracey didn't get out of the car at the final stop, she did smoke a cigarette out of the window.

She didn't realise that the ring was missing until the early evening.

"I never take it off," Tracey said. "My rings are always on my fingers. I've got my wedding ring, eternity ring and my engagement ring."

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This Friday, January 28, marks five years since her late husband Stephen died, after a six-year battle with an extremely rare appendix cancer - which Tracey was told was "one in a million".

Tracey Barr lost her husband Stephen to a rare appendix cancer in 2017, after a six year battle against the disease

Tracey Barr lost her husband Stephen to a rare 'one in a million' appendix cancer in 2017, after a six year battle against the disease - Credit: Supplied by Tracey Barr

She fondly recounted the day she was presented with the stunning piece: "It was actually the fifth time he'd asked me, and I finally said yes.

"We'd been together since I was three months off my 16th birthday when he actually asked me out. I've known him since we were 13.

"It would mean everything to get it back. I had a major stroke in 2009 and Stephen was my carer. And then he got diagnosed, and they said that after you have an operation you have five years.

"He went for just over six. We had time to say goodbye but it doesn't make it any easier. At least it wasn't out of the blue."

Tracey has approached Sainsbury's, Aldi and Tesco to try and track her ring down but to no avail.

The engagement ring is a large sapphire in middle with a diamond either side. Although the picture is blurry, Tracey hopes that sharing the imagine far and wide will get it safely returned to its rightful owner.

Those with information can contact maya.derrick@archant.co.uk.