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Pensioner devastated after family threw £20,000 life savings - stashed in Bisto tins - in the bin

A grandmother was left devastated after her family accidentally threw away her £20,000 life savings which she had stashed inside Bisto gravy tins.  

Relatives of the pensioner, in her 80s, dumped the tins at Dalmoak Recycling Centre in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. 

They had been cleaning the woman's house and hadn't realised that bundles of money were inside the Bisto tins. 

When they realised their mistake they rushed back to the recycling centre, where refuse workers Kenny McAdam and Tony Scanlon spent two hours searching for the tins. 

Luckily, they managed to pull the tins out of the pile of rubbish.   

Kenny McAdam and Tony Scanlon spent two hours searching for the tins at Dalmoak Recycling Centre in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Kenny, 59, said: 'It makes you think about your own wee granny and how you would feel if it was her. It's really satisfying. Her daughter was standing crying. She said ''you have just saved my life''.'

Tony, 44, added: 'I was in the digger and we were trying to feel the weight of the bags.

'I found one of the tins and then Kenny came across the other four of them. What a feeling.' 

The woman's daughter and other relatives were clearing out her house when they found the tins, alongside dishes, pots and pans. 

Kenny said: 'Their mum had hid her life savings on top of the kitchen cupboards in these gravy tins and they didn't realise what was in them.

'They came back in to say they had been in earlier and this is what they had dumped.

'I couldn't remember where I had put them but Tony pointed out where he thought they were.

Pensioner's family didn't realise she had stashed £20,000 in Bisto tins

'They stood and watched what we were doing. About two hours later we found them.

'It's amazing. It's a great feeling. When I think about it now, it makes you think about your own wee granny and how you would feel if it was her. 

'She must have thought she was never going to get it back.'

He added that the timing worked out as, if they had been any later, the tins could have already been on their way to landfill.

He added: 'They said it was a lot of money and we told them we would do our very best. If we can find it, we will. Those are the best ever moments.'

The dynamic duo have previously pulled a haul of wedding dresses from the skips as well as jewellery that was accidentally tipped. 

Kenny added: 'A guy had been to Dubai and had bought his wife jewellery for her Christmas which he had ended up putting in.

'While you are looking for that stuff, you are still dealing with everything else that is happening and it's always busy here but you're happy to do it. It's things like this that make the job worth it.'

A West Dunbartonshire Council spokeswoman said: 'Kenny and Tony went above and beyond their duty to ensure that these residents were reunited with their property. We're really proud of them.'