Ellie Farnfield found herself in a train station in London with a handwritten note and £10 clasped between her fingers. The last thing Ellie remembered was taking her daily commute on the train before waking up in a train station. Ellie had suffered a seizure, that she found out had occurred only after reading the note she found in her hand.
“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 realizing you were on the floor having a fit! Sorry! 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 anymore 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.”
“Tom” had tried to contact 14 people from Ellie’s phone, and notified station personnel before leaving Ellie’s side.
Now Ellie is searching for the extremely thoughtful and helpful stranger known only as “Tom”. Ellie has taken to social media to help her find the elusive “Tom”.
“Faith restored in humanity in London last night. Thank you so much to everyone who helped me last night—especially ‘Tom’. Would love to try and find him.”
To what lengths would you help a stranger in need? Would you have stepped over Ellie, or tried to help just as “Tom” did? Tom had managed to get her off the train, secured a safe place for her, grab her a coffee, notified people in her phone’s contact list and even took the time to scribble down a note and £10 to leave with her. We need more people like Tom, people to take the time, however little, to care for another perfect stranger!
Tom, whoever you are, I hope Ellie finds you!