A family who faced a scaled-back Christmas after they both lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic were left astounded when a mystery woman popped a gift voucher into their trolley – and then vanished.
Emily Clarke and Carl Pearson were shopping on Christmas Eve when they heard an elderly woman say Merry Christmas to them.
The couple, from Northwich in Cheshire, said when they looked up the woman had already walked away – but then they noticed an Asda gift card had been thrown into their trolley.
They were shopping in Asda on Baron’s Quay in the town, reports CheshireLive.
Emily said: “I turned to see where she had gone but she had vanished. Then I asked someone at the till how much was on it and they said £100. I was just gobsmacked.”
The stunned couple managed to finish their shop, which came to a total of £112 – so the gift card meant they only had to pay £12.
It meant the family, including the couple’s four children, all aged between six and 15, were able to have a proper Christmas celebration following a year of hardship.
Emily had worked for C Webb and Sons butchers in Northwich but she lost her job during the first national lockdown in March.
She also does private cleaning for care homes but due to the restrictions she’s not been able to get much work.
Carl also recently became unemployed after losing his job at a concrete factory and the pair have also had to use a food bank in recent months.
Emily said she was incredibly grateful to the woman and said she was determined to track her down to thank her.
She said: “To be honest it wasn’t going to be a good year because my partner just lost his job and I’m out of work.
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“It has been a tough couple of months. We had to scrimp and save for the last bit of food shopping and we managed to get a couple more Christmas presents because of this. So it was a massive help!”
“I really want to thank her and make sure she realises just how much she helped us. It really turned around our 2020.”