Natalie Carey, 30, was at a Tesco in Peterborough buying thermals for a homeless shelter and later found that two men she had been talking to had slipped £200 in her pocket as a donation
A woman has told how she broke down in tears on finding that a couple of strangers slipped £200 into her pocket as she was paying for thermals at a supermarket to give to a homeless shelter.
Belfast born Natalie Carey, 30, was at a Tesco in Peterborough where she now lives, when she was amazed at the generosity of two people she had never met before.
She started talking to the men in the queue as they also turned out to also be from Ireland.
Firstly she was chatting to a man from Donegal and then the other, from Belfast, chipped in to comment on all the thermals that she had in her trolley.
They joked about how, being from Belfast, she should be “used to the cold”
Natalie explained that they were not for her, and she was donating them to the Garden House Light Project – a homeless shelter in Peterborough.
Natalie told Belfast Live: “So, as I was going to pay at the till, one of the men put something in my pocket. He said, ‘Me and that fella gave you a few quid towards the thermals’.
“As I got to the car, I was taking my coat off, checked my pocket and they gave me £200.
“I thought they have given me maybe £10 or £20, which is still really generous, but when I realised it was £200 I was shocked.
“I sat crying in the car for 10 minutes and then went back in to see if I could see them to say thank you again, but they were gone.
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“I got another trolley full of thermals and have now donated them to the homeless shelter.”
Natalie works in adult social care with people with disabilities, and she used to volunteer at the Welcome Organisation homeless charity when she was living in Belfast.
She has not been back to Belfast for around four years, but said: “This act of kindness just reminded me how amazing us Irish really are.
“The warmth and generosity of Irish people is second to none, they honestly would give you their last penny. It makes me proud to be Irish.”