A mum claims she “nearly cried” after a stranger left a £5 note on her table when she was feeding her baby.
On Tuesday, Jennie Lunt, from Eccleston in St Helens, stopped in a cafe to grab a drink and breastfeed her fourth-month-old Tia.
While queuing, the 35-year-old mum chatted with a lady who was looking for money in her bag, reports the Liverpool Echo.
And, later on, the woman – who had dark hair and wore a purple anorak – approached Jennie’s table.
Jennie explained: “I was in the queue and she was standing out a bit and was looking for something, so I said to her ‘Do you want to go ahead?’ and she said she was trying to find her fiver.
“I thought she lost it, so said, ‘Have you dropped it?’ and offered to retrace her steps with her and she said, ‘I know it will turn up.'”
The mum-of-two remembers that the lady complimented her daughter and then sat at a different table after getting her order.
After a few minutes the pair exchanged smiles and the woman waved at the baby from afar.
Later, the lady approached Jennie and Tia.
Jennie said: “She started coming towards me and put the fiver on the table. I said, ‘What’s that?’ and she said, ‘It’s for your little girl’.
“I felt embarrassed at first because I thought I don’t need the money. I said, ‘Thank you so much,’ but there’s no need for her to do that and tried to give it back.
“I thought she’d lost the fiver but she had wanted to give it to Tia.”
But, there was another reason behind the donation.
“She put her hand on my shoulder and said, ‘I never had a daughter’ and [told me] to give it to her towards her college fund and I touched her hand,” said Jennie.
Jennie added that she was on the phone at the time of the heartfelt encounter, but wished she’d been able to find out more about the woman who called herself “Nanny Jenny”.
She said: “I don’t know whether she only had boys or what her story was. I thought in a way we’ve probably made her day too and she’s seen Tia and there’s been a spark there. It was so lovely.”
Jennie had complications during birth and has only recently begun venturing out of the home with little Tia.
She claims that the woman’s kind deed improved her confidence.
In a Facebook post looking for the generous stranger, Jennie said that she “nearly cried as she was just so lovely” and thanked the woman for her “kindness and loveliness”.
Residents flocked to the comments, with one saying the story had cheered them up and they “would have been in tears”, while another said it proves there is “some human kindness still in this world”.
Another, who had witnessed what happened, posted: “We were sitting near you when the lady gave you the money and I could see how much it touched you. I spoke to you briefly about it as we left. A truly lovely thing to do.”
Jennie has kept the fiver in a box as a memory and story to tell Tia in the future.