Charlotte Rose Ford is a second-year student studying at the University of Manchester. Recently, she was sitting in the cafe at the students’ union and decided to make a few phone calls. One of the calls was to book an appointment at the counselors office at the university mental health department.
Ford struggles with school and sometimes misses deadlines because she’s too distracted by “low mood” or is “too anxious” that her work isn’t good enough. Because of that, she wanted to make a call to ask for mitigating circumstances.
The phone call did not end the way Ford wanted — getting a doctors note for mitigating circumstances would cost £20, which is money she can’t afford to spare. She hung up the phone defeated and wanted to go back home to bed rather than attend her afternoon class.
As she’s about to leave, someone came up to her with a cup of coffee saying it was sent to her by someone anonymous. She found the following note tucked inside the cup sleeve along with £20.
The note reads: “I hope you don’t mind that I overheard. Just wanted to say don’t worry! I’ve been there, I thought I wouldn’t get through my undergrad & now I’m doing a PhD! This is for the doctor’s note. You’ll get through it!”
Ford documented the touching gesture in a Facebook post that has since gone viral.
The identity of the stranger is still unknown, but we can be sure that his/her kind gesture has surely restored our faith in humanity.