IT’S a touch of kindness as generous as it was unexpected.
A fiver tucked into box of eggs complete with a handwritten note wishing the finder a happy new year –that’s what Lauren Scouse discovered when she arrived home after a shopping trip to Tesco in Eastney Road, Eastney.
The mum-of-two said she thinks the money was left there by a member of the public.
‘At first I saw the money and thought “that shouldn’t have been there”,’ she said.
‘I thought it was lovely and it’s so nice knowing that someone has done that without knowing who it was going to.
‘I think a member of the public has done it.
‘I felt really bad for taking this. It just seems very random but kind.
‘But I didn’t want anyone to think I was stealing anything.
‘If it hadn’t had a note in there then I would have felt wrong.’
The note read: ‘Happy New Year. May it be full of health, peace and prosperity.’
Now Lauren, 31, said she will treasure the gift before she decides what to spend it on.
‘My sister said I should just keep it on the noticeboard.
‘I know it’s only £5 and it’s not a life-changing amount of money but it was really kind.
‘I put it up on Facebook and a lot of people have shared it and written nice things and a lot of people have said it’s something that they wanted to do. Maybe I will do that next year.
‘I was explaining it to my children and saying how kind it was and that it was a surprise.
‘I was talking to them about how it’s nice to do that for people.
‘It’s good to teach them about things like that.’
Lauren, of Ruskin Road, Milton, said she has a message for the anonymous donator.
‘I’d like to thank them,’ she said.
‘We always hear about all these bad things happening.
‘It’s nice that someone has had that thought to make someone’s day or make that shopping trip a bit easier.
‘Whoever it is, I want them to know it’s appreciated and it has not gone unnoticed.
‘What a lovely thing to do.’
Staff at the Tesco store said they knew nothing about the donation.