Mum left in ‘floods of tears’ after stranger pays for her Lidl food shop

A mum was left sobbing after a stranger stepped in to pay for her shopping.

Jade Doherty was out with her two-year-old son Archie at the time.

The 28-year-old, from Sleaford in Lincolnshire, lost two jobs during lockdown and has been relying on Universal credit ever since.

She planned to use her phone to pay for her groceries at Lidl but started panicking when the payment was declined three times.

The mum didn’t realise her partner had accidentally blocked the card by entering the wrong pin.

She was mortified as she couldn’t pay for the goods – but thankfully, a kind stranger came to her rescue.

Jade told LincolnshireLive : "It was so embarrassing – I have really bad anxiety, so that sort of situation is just my nightmare.

"She just walked forward and said 'I'll get it'. She didn't even look at how much it was.

“I said 'no you can't do that' and she said 'yes I can', tapped her phone and paid for everything.

"I obviously said thank you but, as I was putting my shopping away, I looked up and she was gone."

The Good Samaritan had paid for all her shopping and had left the store before Jade could properly thank her for what she had done.

Jade was very moved by the gesture, which brought her to tears.

She said: "I cried in Lidl! I just burst into tears and balled my eyes out. It just shows how kindness can go such a long, long way.

"She doesn't even know me and she was willing to do that. I have had a really hard time recently, I've lost two jobs through lockdown, I'm trying my best to make any extra cash in the meantime.

"So it was a really massive help."

Jade expressed her gratitude online in the hope of finding the woman, who she is now in contact with.

She plans to reimburse her or at least buy her some flowers as a 'thank you'.

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