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.
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.
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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.”
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.”
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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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