Mum-of-two struggling with Toby Carvery bill told kind strangers already paid it

A mum who found herself unable to pay for a family meal at a Toby Carvery restaurant wants to thank the kind stranger who paid her bill.

Lucy Hedley took her two children to the Toby Carvery in Aintree, Liverpool, for a meal last Wednesday to take advantage of a Black Friday discount offer.

The mum-of-two, her son Joseph and daughter Isabelle, tucked into a carvery roast as a special treat, the Liverpool Echo reports.

But when Lucy went to pay for the meal she realised that she had left the house without her purse.

Lucy, from Bootle, said: "I just could not believe it. I spent about 15 minutes looking for my cards and Isabelle became anxious.

"I never carry cash and I tried unsuccessfully to pay by using the app on my phone.

"I was going to phone my mum when a member of staff came over and told me that the couple who were sitting next to me had paid my bill.


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"They asked staff not to tell me until they had left the restaurant."

Lucy, a travel agent, said she wanted to let the couple know how grateful she was.

She said: "I just wanted to say thank you very much. £24 is a lot of money to give to strangers these days and I am really grateful.

"It's hard being a single mum these days but gestures like this help."

Lucy took to Facebook to share what the kind couple had done and her post was inundated with messages.

She wrote: "I was with my two kids in Toby Carvery in Aintree this evening and upon paying the bill, I realised I didn't have my purse to pay.

"In a panic I didn't know what to do as didn't have any way of paying. I called my mum to see if she could pay over the phone with her card but the waiter stopped me and told me that the couple sat next to us had paid our bill.

"I didn't have chance to say thank you as they had told the waiter to tell me after they had left.

"So if that couple are reading this, thank you from the bottom of my heart. There are still some kind lovely people in this world."

In reply to the post Pam Jones wrote: "Things like this makes me proud to come from an amazing city like Liverpool."

Emma Durrant wrote: "Awww how lovely, there are some decent people out there."

And Cherese Ferry said: "Such a lovely thing to do and more so the fact that they didn't want any fuss by telling the waiters to tell you after they had left, bless them."

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