A WIGAN mum is desperate to thank a good Samaritan who came to her aid after she could not pay for her petrol.
Catherine Egan, of Standish, was dashing to Wigan Infirmary for an appointment for her baby son, on Tuesday at 8am, when she realised her fuel tank was empty and so stopped off at Boar’s Head Service Station in Wigan Road.
She got £7.18 worth of petrol, but on reaching the counter, the 32-year-old discovered she didn’t have her purse and a man behind her in the queue offered to pay.
Catherine said: “My seven-month-old son, George, who has problems with his stomach digestion, had an appointment and I realised I didn’t have any petrol so I went to Boar’s Head Service Station and got the minimum amount.
“I went to pay and was mortified to find out I didn’t have my purse. I asked if I could leave behind my wedding rings, along with my address but I was told I had to wait for a family member to come and pay the money.
“I can understand that in a way because I guess a lot of people try to pull the wool over staff’s eyes, but I was not trying to do that.
“I was on the phone to my mum in floods of tears as I couldn’t wait as I had an appointment and didn’t want to be put on the waiting list again. My main concern was getting to the hospital.
“Then a man behind me said he would pay. This is the nicest thing that has happened to me in a long time.
“I don’t know who he is, but I want to say thank you to him.
“I guess he is in his 50s and must live nearby as he told me to leave the money behind the counter with staff at the petrol station and he will pick it up.”
As a result, Catherine, who is a lawyer for Countrywide Convenyancy Services in Manchester, was able to get to her hospital appointment on time.
She added: “George is fine. It is something we are hoping he will grow out of. He finds feeding hard as he chucks everything up and gets poorly.”
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