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Mum hit hard by lockdown in ‘floods of tears’ after stranger’s touching gesture in Lidl

A mum-of-three is searching for a Good Samaritan who kindly paid for her week’s shopping after her card got declined.

Jade Doherty, 28, was out shopping with her youngest child, two-year-old Archie, and was left in floods of tears by the heartwarming gesture from a total stranger.

Jade, from Sleaford in Lincolnshire, lost her two jobs over lockdown, and is on Universal Credit, so has to strictly budget her money to make sure her family has enough food for the week.

Visiting the local Lidl supermarket, she was planning to use her phone, as her card was blocked due to her partner accidentally entering the wrong pin, but when she went to pay for her shopping it was declined three times in a row.

Luckily for her, a young woman who was standing behind her at the checkout noticed what was happening – and decided she wanted to help.

Jade told Lincolnshire Live : “It was so embarrassing – I have really bad anxiety, so that sort of situation is just my nightmare.

“She just walked forward and said ‘I’ll get it’. She didn’t even look at how much it was. I said ‘no you can’t do that’ and she said ‘yes I can’, tapped her phone and paid for everything.

“I obviously said thank you but, as I was putting my shopping away, I looked up and she was gone.”

The Good Samaritan had paid for all her shopping and had left the store before Jade could properly thank her for what she had done.

“I cried,” Jade continued. I cried in Lidl! I just burst into tears and balled my eyes out.

“It just shows how kindness can go such a long, long way.

“She doesn’t even know me and she was willing to do that. I have had a really hard time recently, I’ve lost two jobs through lockdown, I’m trying my best to make any extra cash in the meantime.

“So it was a really massive help.

Jade expressed her gratitude online in the hope of finding the woman, who she is now in contact with.

She plans to reimburse her or at least buy her some flowers as a ‘thank you’.

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