A MUM on a mercy mission to the supermarket was “gobsmacked” when a generous stranger offered to pay for her shopping.
Victoria Nelder, of Wentworth, was buying supplies for food parcels being put together by the staff of the Handsworth Inn in Sheffield in response to footballer Marcus Rashford’s appeal to help feed hungry children.
But just as she was waiting to pay, a fellow shopper came forward to foot the £70 bill.
Victoria explained: “With this Marcus Rashford appeal my family and friends all put £10 in so we had £70.
“Me and my daughter Sarah went to Cortonwood to get some pasta, Pot Noodles and cereal and so on.
“Morrisons said they would take ten per cent off so we were waiting for someone to authorise it.
“This young couple were queuing behind us and we were explaining what we were doing and how a Pot Noodle could be a substantial meal for a child and the man said he would like to pay for it.
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“I said: ‘Oh no, you can’t’ and explained that we had all contributed but he said he would really like to pay.
“We were just gobsmacked.”
Victoria said the trolley load had gone to the Handsworth pub and she been left with enough money for more goodwill supplies.
“It was not just for people that were on benefits but who have been working but lost their jobs through no fault of their own,” she said.
“Because we had our money left, we were able to do it again.
“We had another donation of £100 and have been up to Hoyland and Montgomery Hall in Wath as well.
“We’ve had a lot of people bringing things to the house, too. “We are now going to try and find a family who we can help.”
Asked why Rashford’s appeal had resonated with her, Victoria said: “I have been a working single mum and I know how difficult it can be to provide for your kids when you have a rent or mortgage to pay.
“When you’ve been in a similar situation yourself, it does affect you.
“We are big football fans, too, and he is great ambassador for the sport.”