An astonishing act of kindness is being reported on social media as a kind-hearted stranger did a 400-mile detour to take a couple to their dying mother’s bedside.
Dean Moore, 40, saw elderly couple, Ron and Sharleen Gillies, 77 and 58, by the A19 in Stockton. They were driving south from Edinburgh to say their final goodbyes to Mrs Gillies’s mother in Cambridge.
A bad accident in County Durham put them in the spot as they would have to wait 3 hours for a lift to the nearest train station.
Thankfully, Mr Moore, a father-of-one who was passing by saw them and stopped and offered them a lift.
The kind gentleman drove them 200 miles down to Cambridge and refused to take any payment, arriving just in time for Mrs Gillies to see her mother before she died.
A thankful Mr Gillies said: ‘I just can’t put into words what that lad did for us. This happened on the Sunday and she died the next day. If it hadn’t been for Dean there’s a fair chance we would have not got there in time.’
He further added,’People get awards for various things and they are just doing their job, whereas this lad, it wasn’t his job, he didn’t know us from Adam. I don’t know how many people would have offered such friendship.’
Mr Gillies said his mother-in-law was unconscious when they arrived but she got the chance to hold her hand and talk to her before she died the next morning.
Mr Moore, works in a car factory in Sunderland, said he couldn’t just drive past the distressed couple and when he heard of the insurance company being ‘quite robotic’ about it, he decided to step in and carry them to the south.
He said: ‘In my head the only thing that needed to be sorted was for them to get from Teesside to Cambridge. It’s the last time they would see the mam. I was just trying to be a decent human because so many people drove past. By being kind and giving people your time you can make a bad situation nice by being helpful. I did what any decent human would have done in that situation.’
Mr Moore is certainly right, and even though the journey was over 200 miles and took him three and a half hours to get them there, what he did has surely restored our faith in humanity.