An amazing stranger’s extraordinary act of kindness helped a couple see their dying mum 200 miles away for one last time.
Husband and wife Ron, 77, and Sharleen Gillies, 58, were making a long and sombre drive south from Edinburgh to say final goodbyes to Sharleen’s mum in Cambridge before she passed away.
But disaster struck when they were involved in an accident on the A19 close to Stockton, reports Teesside Live.
The pair were left devastated and panic-stricken knowing that time was of the essence.
After making frantic phone calls they were told that a lift could be arranged for them in three hours, but only to the nearest train station.
It was then that "Good Samaritan" Dean Moore stepped in and stopped his car.
He’d never met the couple before but offered to drive them the 200 miles – and refused to take any payment.
His actions and sheer selflessness meant the pair got to Sharleen’s mum’s death bed in time.
"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, she died on Monday. 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."
Mr Gillies said his wife’s mother was unconscious when they arrived, but she got the chance to hold her hand and talk to her, before she passed away the next morning.
He explained how the couple were in Dean’s car after he pulled up to help and he heard them trying to arrange getting to the Cambridge area as quickly as possible.
When their chances were looking bleak, he stepped in.
"Dean said I will drive you," Mr Gillies said.
"I said you are talking about a round trip of 400 miles.
"He said no, I will take you, I don’t know how many people would have offered such friendship."
Dean, a dad-of-one from North Ormesby, said he couldn’t drive by when he saw the pair were in trouble.
The modest 40-year-old came across the couple with a damaged wheel and offered to help.
"I got in the car to make sure they were alright," he said.
When he heard the insurance company being "quite robotic" about the whole situation, he’d had enough, and decided he’d take them on the long trek south.
He said: "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 mam.
"I was just trying to be a decent human because so many people drove past."
Mr Moore, who works at the Nissan plant in Sunderland, added: "I was more happy that they got to see their mam.
"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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