A man drove a stranger 400 miles out of the way to visit his dying mother

Google MapsAnd I would drive 400 miles.
  • Sharleen and Ron Gillies were driving from Edinburgh to Cambridge to say goodbye to a dying relative when they got into a car accident.
  • Dean Moore saw them on the side of the road and pulled over to help.
  • Moore drove the couple 400 miles round trip.
  • A good Samaritan!

A little act of kindness can go a long way. And in the case of Dean Moore, it quite literally did.

On Sunday, Sharleen, 58, and Ron, 77, Gillies were driving from Edinburgh to Cambridge to visit Ron’s terminally ill mother, per The BBC. However, on their drive, the couple got into a minor accident, leaving them stranded on the side of the road without a way to complete their journey.

The couple was about halfway to their final destination, near the town of Stockton-on-Tees, at the time of the incident. It was important they make it to Ron’s mother’s bedside as soon as possible, but it would be at least three hours until they could get a ride to the nearest train station. The couple didn’t know what to do.

That’s when a kind soul stepped in to help. Dean Moore saw the couple on the side of the road and knew he had to so something. The 40-year-old offered to help them get to their next destination. No questions.

“Dean said I will drive you,” Ron told The Gazette. “I said you are talking about a round trip of 400 miles. He said, ‘No, I will take you.’ I don’t know how many people would have offered such friendship.”

Screen Shot 2019 03 19 at 12.31.54 PMGoogle MapsThe trip on a map.

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All told, Moore drove the couple 400 miles roundtrip. He told The Gazette, a local news outlet, that he would do it again.

“By being kind and giving people your time you can make a bad situation nice by being helpful,” the North Ormesby man said. “I did what any decent human would have done in that situation.”

When the Gillies got to Cambridge, Ron’s mum was unconscious due to her illness. But Ron told The Gazette that seeing her and holding her hand before she died was immensely important to them – and it would have been impossible without Moore’s kindness.

“People get awards for various things and they are just doing their job, whereas this lad, it wasn’t his job,” Ron said. “He didn’t know us from Adam.”

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