Rugby family ‘overwhelmed’ after kind Facebook strangers save boy’s birthday party

Pictured: Lynda and her Son, Andre. NNL-150817-005844009
Pictured: Lynda and her Son, Andre. NNL-150817-005844009
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Kind-hearted strangers rallied behind a mum who lost her cash on the way to buy her son’s birthday party food to make sure the celebrations still went ahead.

Lynda Gilbert, from Newbold, stopped at a petrol station on her way to Tesco in Leicester Road last week when she discovered she had lost the £60 earmarked for her son Andre’s seventh birthday party.

It’s unbelievable the way the community came together to help me when I really needed it

Lynda Gilbert

The mum-of-three was devastated and asked her 12-year-old daughter Chloe-Jay to post a message on Facebook asking if anyone had handed the missing cash in.

Lynda did not expect the ‘overwhelming’ response.

“I cannot believe how kind and considerate people have been,” she said.

“The messages started flooding in and people were so lovely to me. They offered to donate food, send birthday cards and even post cash so I could buy things for the party - they were incredible.”

Generous strangers donated hot dogs, potatoes, computer games, sweets and cash to help make Andre’s birthday extra special.

Alistair Streak commented on the Facebook post, suggesting that if six people donated £10 then the problem would be solved. He dropped his donation round last week, along with £20 he had collected from another well-wisher.

Lynda said: “It’s unbelievable the way the community came together to help me when I really needed it. When kindness comes from total strangers it’s that little bit more special. I would like to thank everyone who has been so good to us - it means the world.”

Lynda added: “Obviously Andre was upset when he found out I had lost the money but I tried to reassure him the party would go ahead, I just didn’t know what I was going to do. But thanks to the kindness and generosity of people in Rugby, he had a big smile on his face.”

Lynda enjoyed the party on Sunday with Andre, Chloe-Jay and her five-year-old daughter Aliyah, as well as friends, family and even some of the strangers who donated items.