Woman left on shop steps as a baby launches hunt for mum

Victoria Vardy
Victoria Vardy

Twenty-five years after being abandoned as a baby on the stairs of Chesterfield Co-op a woman has launched a hunt for her birth mum.

Newborn Victoria Vardy made front page news in 1987 when she was found zipped up in a canvas bag at the store on Elder Way.

Victoria Vardy

Victoria Vardy

The 5lb 15oz tot, believed to be only 12 hours old, still had several inches of umbilical cord fastened with a paper clip.

More than two decades later, the case of the abandoned baby — who was adopted by a Chesterfield couple — remains something of a local mystery.

Victoria, 25, has now launched a YouTube appeal.

She said: “I was adopted when I was nine months old and raised really well. I couldn’t have had a better start.

“I’m not looking for another family. I just want to let whoever gave me up know that they did a good thing. I can’t imagine you can do something like that and not think about it.”

The former Tibshelf School pupil grew up in Hardstoft, near Pilsley and studied journalism at Huddersfield University.

She said: “I’ve never really bothered looking before but I’ve got to the age where I could have a child of my own and I think about how I would feel.

“I just want to try and get rid of some question marks hanging over my head.”

Victoria, originally named Katy Elder by hospital staff, was discovered in the holdall bag by security man Robert Kynman.

She was clean and fed and wrapped in a blanket and described by nurses at Scarsdale Hospital’s special care baby unit as a “very pretty, good baby.”

Also inside the bag was a Yorkshire Transport bus ticket dated January 16 for a 10p adult and 5p child’s fare from Norton.

Russell Mallender, 48, who has worked at the Cooperative since 1980, said: “We were only talking about it at Christmas.

“The last we knew was she went to hospital in an ambulance but we always wondered what happened to her.

“It’s nice to know she’s got on well.”

To see Victoria’s online appeal go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbFx9Mle_G4&feature=g-uplw