Samantha Stanfield, a first year nursing student at the University of Sunderland, spotted an older man in difficulty whilst shopping in a supermarket near her home in Stanley. Realising he was in distress, the 31-year-old student asked the pensioner if she could help.
The man explained he was his poorly wife’s only carer, and he had come shopping because he was worried there would be no food left and he felt a responsibility to make sure she was okay. She helped him get everything on his list, pack his bags, and finally secure a taxi home before returning to her own shopping.
Her kindness has inspired others to pull together packages for neighbours who may be forced into self-isolation in the coming weeks.