Sharleen and Ron Gillies, 58 and 77, were driving south from Edinburgh to say their last goodbyes to Mrs.
Gillies’s dying mother in Cambridge when they had an accident in County Durham.
They were told they would need to wait 3 hours for a lift to the closest train station.
40-year-old Dean Moore, a father of one, spotted the two on the roadside and listened to their problem. He didn’t think twice and offered a lift right away.
Even though he had never met the couple before, Mr. Moore drove them 200 miles to Cambridge. He also refused to take any payment, and they arrived in time for Mrs. Gillies to see her mother before she passed away.
“I just can’t put into words what that lad did for us,” Mr. Gillies said.
“This happened on the Sunday and she died the next day. If it hadn’t been for Dean there’s a fair chance we would have not got there in time.
“People get awards for various things and they are just doing their job, whereas this lad, it wasn’t his job, he didn’t know us from Adam.
“I don’t know how many people would have offered such friendship.”
Mr. Gillies said his mother-in-law was unconscious when they arrived. But his wife got the chance to hold her hand and talk to her before she passed away the next morning.
Mr. Moore said he couldn’t drive away after seeing the couple in need. “In my head the only thing that needed to be sorted was for them to get from Teesside to Cambridge.
“It’s the last time they would see the mom.”
He added: “I was just trying to be a decent human because so many people drove past. By being kind and giving people your time you can make a bad situation nice by being helpful.
“I did what any decent human would have done in that situation.”
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