A grieving daughter was bowled over when she was just one of 10 people in the UK to receive a “Random Act of Kindness” award after the death of her beloved dad.
Amanda Oldroyd (41) of Gisburn was left speechless when staff at the fashion store, Warehouse, where she was shopping for a new dress for her father’s funeral, presented her with a £250 shopping voucher after being touched by her story.
I was absolutely speechless, I couldn’t believe what they were saying to me. I burst into tears and so did the staffAmanda Oldroyd
Amanda said: “I was absolutely speechless, I couldn’t believe what they were saying to me. I burst into tears and so did the staff.”
The voucher was presented to telephone engineer Amanda in a gift box and it was hidden underneath a large silver chocolate coin at the store in Leeds where she was searching for the dress to wear for the funeral of her dad, Roger Dobson.
He had been battling several illnesses and died surrounded by his family, including Amanda, who added: “One of the assistants asked me if I needed any help so I explained what I was looking for.
“I took a few dresses in the changing room and it was then I noticed all the staff huddled together chatting and looking at me. I did wonder if they thought I was a shoplifter!’’
Moments after she left the changing room Amanda, who was with her sister, Alison, who had flown over from Canada, was presented with the award.
Amanda, who is mum to Harry (14), 12-year-old Morgan and Katie who is six, said: “The manageress asked if she could speak to me and she told me they had been so touched by my story they wanted to give me the award. I just felt very emotional because I never expected anything like that.”
The first thing Amanda did after receiving the award was to ring her mum, Monica, to let her know the good news and that she would be taking her on a shopping spree in the New Year.
Amanda’s turn of fortune continued when she returned home and the supermarket where she was shopping was hit by a power cut.
Amanda, who is married to Adrian, said: “The power went out and the cashier just kept putting everything through for me without charging. He just kept saying, you can have that and that!”