Mother launches Facebook search for mystery train man who handed her £5 and note praising her parenting skills
A young mum has launched a social media campaign to find a stranger who handed her a note praising her parenting skills and £5 so she could “have a drink on me”.
Sammie Welch (23) is hoping to track down the fellow passenger who commended her for teaching her son Rylan manners.
While on board the crowded train from Birmingham to Plymouth, Sammie pulled her sleeping child onto her lap to allow a stranger to sit down.
During the train journey her son was “just being a happy, laughing little boy”, she said.
“We were playing together and I was trying to keep him occupied. He normally gets quite rowdy and bored on long trains so I was doing my best to entertain him as much as I could.
“He was eating his dinner, I had made him a packed lunch, and we were laughing at the fact he kept calling his grapes strawberries.”
The man handed her the note and money, saying she had dropped them, as he got off the train in Bristol.
The note said “Have a drink on me. You are a credit to your generation, polite and teaching the little boy good manners. Have a lovely evening.
“PS I have a daughter your age, someone did the same for her once. Hope when she has children she is as good a mother as you,” the note finished."
He signed the message as ‘Man on the train with the glasses and the hat’.
Sammie didn’t have the opportunity to thank the man before he hopped off the train and has launched a Facebook campaign to find him.
“When he handed it to me he said it had fallen out of my bag, so I just said thank you and took it from him,” she told MailOnline.
“When I looked at it and saw what was written I was so shocked. I feel really overwhelmed by it all, it was just so lovely to get it.
“I've put the money in a savings account for Rylan now, I thought that was the best place for it.
“When he described himself at the end of the note as the table across from me I was trying to rack my brains to see if I could remember him but there were that many faces on the train they all blur into one.
“I really, really wish I could remember him but I just can't. I'm trying to hard to recall the people and put things together but because he was getting off the train it all felt so rushed.
“I have no clue so I'm hoping people might be able to help me out. I wish I had looked at him in more detail, I really want to thank him personally.”
Belfast Telegraph Digital