A mum who believed her daughter had died shortly after birth was stunned when she got in contact 46 years later.
The pair are now spending their first Christmas together.
Bev Freeman-Fletcher was forced to give up her child for adoption after giving birth at 16 and was later told the tot had died.
But Kim was alive and, after growing up wondering who her mother was, hired a private detective to track her down.
She eventually traced carer Bev to her work and opened their first-ever conversation on the phone with: “Hello, I’m your daughter”.
Single Bev, of Crawley, West Sussex, is now due to spend Christmas with her daughter Kim Gouws at her home in South Africa.