Amazing response when mystery woman in wheelchair left note begging someone to leave rose in lake where her dead husband’s ashes are scattered


A HEARET-WARMING gesture went viral when a rowing club fulfilled a wheelchair-user’s wish to lay a flower at a lake where her husbands’ ashes were scattered.

Ian Bousfield, who runs the rowing club at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, found a single red rose by the gate to Powell’s Pool in Sutton Park, West Mids., accompanied by a note.

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This is the rose and note tied to the gates of Powell’s Pool in Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, explaining that a widow wanted to lay the flower in the lake in remembrance of her dead husband

It read: “Please can someone throw this into the lake for me?

“My late husband’s ashes are in the lake and I can’t get to the lakeside in my wheelchair anymore + gates are locked.

“Have to drive back up north tonight. Thank you x.”

Ian dutifully picked up the crimson flower and carried out the kind act of remembrance for the unknown widow.

Widow's note and rose
Rowing club leader Ian Bousfield made sure that the wheelchair-user’s wishes were fulfilled
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Ian shared the incredibly moving story via the rowing club’s Twitter account to let the widow know that her wishes had been respected
Powell's Pool
Powell’s Pool in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, covers about 28 acres (11 hectares)
Powell's Pool
The beautiful lake is the largest pool in Sutton Park where the Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School Rowing Club train

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Along with pictures of the note and rose in the lake, he wrote on Twitter: “This note was left on the gate at the water this afternoon.

“No name or number but whoever you are, rest assured your rose is in place in the middle of the lake.”

Social media users from all around the world were moved by the touching gesture.

Mrs. Brown’s Boys actor Rory Cowan wrote: “I hope the woman sees this.”

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Twitter users praised Ian’s thoughtful act of kindness
Bishop Vesey's Grammar School
Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School’s headteacher Dominic Robson said Ian’s tweet was about the widow ‘knowing that her wishes had been fulfilled – nothing more and nothing less’
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People were moved by the story all over the world

Another user based in America added: “Love, condolences, and many thanks to the people who shared this bit of humanity.

“We are better people for sharing this.”

Simon Lindsell said simply: “Faith in humanity – restored.”

Dominic Robson, headteacher of Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, said that Ian’s “lovely gesture” was “just typical of the man.”

He added: “He’s a very unassuming man – he’s not one for lots of attention.

“He just wanted to make sure that whoever put [the rose and note] there knows that their wishes had been respected.

“He’s a very, very good person and very honourable guy who as a human being was moved by the heartfelt message.”

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