A concerned driver who stopped a mum and her young son who were just yards away from home has been described as “the salt of the Earth.”
Kelly Rowlands, 43, says she was “taken aback” by the driver’s offer to help after seeing her and her son “soaked”.
On Friday, July 30, Kelly, originally from Ellesmere Port, was walking home with her two-year-old son Joseph after finishing her shift and picking him up from nursery.
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Kelly, 43, said the pair where minutes away from their home near St Helens Junction but were “like drowned rats” as it was “throwing it down” with torrential rain when a woman, described as in a carers uniform, asked if they needed a lift.
Kelly told the ECHO she wouldn’t have taken the lift as she was only around the corner from her home, but thanked the woman and was “overwhelmed” by the kind gesture.
Echo readers have since reacted to the story, with one residents describing the people of St Helens as “the salt of the Earth.”
Dave Hutchison said: “Lovely gesture most drivers won’t stop for anything so nice to see this happening.”
Maureen John Geraghty commented: “Very nice, there is nice people about.”
Sue Evans posted: “This happened to me about 15 years ago in Ainsdale, three kids and few suitcases, little old lady stopped and asked if we wanted a lift. I politely declined but told her to be careful who she was offering lifts to, bless her.”
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On the ECHO website, Number21 said: “Nice little offer from the driver.”
And StHelensEfc9999 commented: “How many times have I said this? St Helens folk are the best around. We will do owt for anyone.
“Hopefully you’re all getting it now- we are salt of Earth, the best there is.”
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Kelly said it “made her day” even to be offered a lift and she wished she remembered more details of the woman and her car to potentially find and thank her properly.
Kelly said: “I was trying to keep his cover on him, it was absolutely throwing it down. I was absolutely knackered from finishing an eight-hour shift from work, got him from nursery and was dreading the walk home.
“We usually walk and we normally get in and miss the weather but on Friday we weren’t very lucky.”
“We were only around the corner about five minute away by the time the woman was at the traffic light. She just stopped and shouted over to say do you need a lift.
“It sounds crazy, but I was just proper taken aback.
“She must have been a carer of some sort. She had a blue pinafore on and must have been on her way home from work or on her way out. I was overwhelmed to be honest.
“I said to her he won’t keep his cover on will he and she kept on laughing. She made my day.”
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As soon as she got home, Kelly posted about the kind gesture on a local Facebook group in the hopes the woman would be found and she could thank her with flowers or chocolates.
The post reads: “To the lady on Helena Road by Junction Train Station queuing in the traffic there I just wanted to say thank you so much for your act of kindness. It made my entire day
‘Me and my two-year-old son were walking home from Peasley and she saw we looked like a bunch of drowned rats walking past her at the traffic lights and offered us a lift home.
“We were nearing home anyway. I don’t know who you are but I was truly made up by your offer. Thank you.”
One person commented: “There are still some nice people.
Another said: “Lovely thing to do xx”
And one person posted: “Amazing gesture of kindness.”
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