Mother’s bid to track down stranger who praised manners

Sammie Welch with her three-year-old son Rylan Harms
Sammie Welch with her three-year-old son Rylan Harms
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A young mother has launched an internet campaign to track down the generous stranger who left her a handwritten note in which he described her as a “credit to her generation”.

Sammie Welch was travelling with her three-year-old son on a busy First Great Western train from Birmingham to Plymouth on Thursday evening when a man handed her a note as he got off the station in Bristol.

The mystery passenger, who signed the message “Man on train at table with glasses and hat”, also left the woman a £5 note to buy herself a drink after apparently being impressed with the way she spoke to her son.

The note, in capital letters, read: “Have a drink on me. You are a credit to your generation, polite and teaching the little boy good manners.

“PS I have a daughter your age, someone did the same for her once. Hope when she has children she is as good a mother as you.

“Have a lovely evening.”

Ms Welch, 23, who is originally from Crewe but now living in Plymouth, said she “wanted to cry” at the anonymous benefactor’s generosity.

She said: “I never had the chance to thank him as he got off and I couldn’t move due to my son being asleep on me and a man sat next to me.

“I would love to have the opportunity to thank this man personally. He may not have Facebook but please please share this! I want to thank him for his kindness!”

She has appealed on Facebook for people to get in touch with the man.