OAP: ‘I won’t forget how kind she was’

An unexpected act of generosity from a total stranger left a pensioner almost in tears.

Friday, 2nd October 2015, 3:59 pm
Arthur Bennett.

Retired police sergeant Arthur Bennett, 84, of Caton, was shopping in Aldi on Morecambe Road on Saturday teatime when he realised he had forgotten his wallet.

Out-of-the-blue a young woman in her 20s with her young son standing behind Arthur in the queue delved into her bag and produced a £20 note and said: “I’ll pay for that, I’m sure you’ve been kind to other people in your life. ”

Arthur said: “I were right choked up. I got a bit upset about being stupid enough to forget my wallet. It’s something you don’t expect.

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“I said I would pay her back but she refused and saidI could give it to charity.

“I had some loose change in my pocket which I offered to give to her but she said to give it to her littlelad.

“I came out and waited for her to offer a lift but she had a car.When I told my daughter she said ‘we’ll put it on Facebook’ and she got a reaction from so many people. It was such an out-of-the-blue act of kindness.

“I thought it was really terrific and you don’t often come across it.

“I won’t forget how kind she was and how much I was touched. She has restored my faith in humanity.

“I will be donating the £12.50 the woman paid for my shopping to a refugee charity.”

Beverley Collinson, Arthur’s daughter, said: “My dad was so touched it made him cry.”