A touching story of random kindness

SHARING STORY Sara Pollard hopes that kind stranger 'Tom' will soon be identified.                 Picture: Laura Scottern Photography
SHARING STORY Sara Pollard hopes that kind stranger 'Tom' will soon be identified. Picture: Laura Scottern Photography
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Entrepreneur Sara Pollard, director of Free From Temptation, writes about the kindness of a stranger on a train

Some of you may have already had the pleasure of hearing about this recently.

According to many media reports, in particular kfor.com/2015/11/03/woman-searching-for-mystery-man-who-cared-for-her-during-seizure, just under a month ago, 27-year-old Ellie Farnfield was on her daily commute in London when she awoke at a train station dazed and confused.

She had suffered an epileptic fit whilst on the train. In her hand was a small scrap of paper with a note from someone called Tom.

It read:

‘Hi Eleanor.

I hope by the time you read this you are feeling better.

You had a seizure on the train and I took you off.

You didn’t hit your head but I may have hurt your leg as I walked on it before realising you were on the floor having a fit!


I’m also sorry I can’t stay with you now but here is a coffee to perk you up later and £10 to make sure you get a taxi home.

Sorry I don’t have any more money, so I hope you don’t live far away.

I’ve contacted people from your phone and medical help is on its way and you’re with train staff.

Wishing you all the best and a quick recovery.

Love Tom.’

I was one of many people who missed this article when it hit the national papers the first time. After recent international events that have unfolded, this story restored a little of my faith in humanity.

Out there somewhere is Tom and hundreds of other people like him, who do selfless acts of kindness regularly and would usually go unheard of.

However this time Twitter and Facebook were alight with posts from users trying to #FindTrainTom with thousands of people supporting the unsung hero and begging him to reveal his true identity.

But sadly, to everyone’s disappointment, as of yet Tom hasn’t come forward.

For Ellie’s sake, I hope you readers can share this story with as many people as you know and we can help Ellie say thank you to Tom properly.

Tom, if you are reading this, we, the nation, think you are really awesome.

n Sara Pollard was runner-up in the national Venus Awards Young Entrepreneur of the Year category for 2015. Free from Temptation is a small home bakery in Fareham.

For more information visit freefromtemptation.co.uk.