A Belfast charity boss was moved to tears by an act of kindness from a stranger who handed over £2,000 in cash she had saved to buy a new sofa.
Ian Campbell was working in his Ten Foundations shop last Thursday getting it ready for reopening after lockdown when the woman popped in.
On hearing of an appeal to raise funds to pay for a kidney transplant for a teenage boy in the Philippines, the lady left and returned with a bag of money.
Ian said: "The lady thought we were open but we weren't and I told her to come in anyway.
"We got talking about an emergency appeal we are running for a boy called Matt who is dying because his family can't afford to pay for a kidney transplant.
"The lady left the shop and half-an-hour later she came back in and handed us a bag of money.
"She said she had been saving to buy a sofa but would rather give the money to Matt.
"All I know is that her name is Elizabeth. We opened the bag when she left and there was £2,000 in £10 notes in it. There wasn't a dry eye in the shop - my staff and I were moved to tears by her generosity."
The appeal that prompted the woman to hand her savings over was launched by Ian in February after he visited the very sick child in the Philippines, where his Ten Foundations charity is based.
The 14-year-old has been on dialysis for four years and desperately needs a kidney transplant.
Because his parents cannot afford the £25,000 needed to pay for it, he has been fundraising to try and cover the cost of the life-saving surgery.
Ian (73) recently completed a 24-hour non-stop cycle round the Titanic Quarter - a total of 230 miles - and raised £7,000 towards the boy's operation.
He added: "When I met Matt in February he was so ill I thought to myself that I didn't care what it takes, I will try and get the money for his surgery.
"He has dialysis three times a week and his parents have struggled to pay for that.
"They had their electricity cut off a year ago and the father, who taxis on a motorbike for a living, had to sell that to raise funds for the dialysis. They had no chance of ever getting the money for the transplant.
"People have been very generous and so far we have raised £20,000 with just £5,000 to go. For Matt, it will be lifesaving."
Ian's charity was set up in 2012 and supports poor people in the Philippines by allowing them to work, making school bags which he then sells here.
Find out more at www.tenfoundations.org