By Brighid Sheridan
An NWRC student who found herself with a broken down car and stranded on the Crescent Link in Derry has today paid tribute to the kind stranger who came to her aid.
Gracie Young, who is studying an Access Course with a view to progressing to a nursing degree, suddenly found herself stranded last week when her car broke down on her way home from College.
She is a carer for her mother who has had serious health problems, so her panic was not just for herself. It was compounded by the fact she couldn’t reach her father by phone.
““My mum suffered a stroke last year and this year we nearly lost her to Sepsis
so I am needed to help both my parents. I take their laundry and I need the car
to take washing back and forth. Although Mum has carers they can only be there
some of the time. I started to wonder how I would get home to check on my Mum and how the
car would be safely moved off the road,” she said.
Gracie also helps her sister, a nursing students, picking up her children from school and describes her car as ‘a lifeline.’
While wondering what to do she heard a knock on the window and a stranger, Liam Doherty, asked if she needed some help.
He assessed the situation and immediately realised that
the car would definitely need to be checked by a mechanic. They managed to
get the car moving and Liam stayed with her during the journey home. On the way an emotional Gracie admitted that she did not have the finance to fix her car.
And she couldn’t believe what came next:
“Liam offered to get my car to the mechanic and he would pay for the repairs. He said
that I could repay him after Christmas. He told me he knows how hard things
can be. He and his wife will be married 20 years next year and he remembers
how hard things were financially were for them as a young couple starting out
in married life. ”
When Liam’s mechanic heard the story, the kindness continued and he said he would only charge for the parts, not the labour.
Gracie wanted to thank Liam publicly so she told her story on Facebook, getting 2,000 positive reactions in return.
She also had two further offers of help to fix her car if she wanted.
Afterwards Liam said “Gracie is a lovely, genuine, and kind person who would help
anybody. She is looking after her family. I am only doing what anybody would
do. I believe in Karma and good things come to those who need it.”
Gracie said “My faith in humanity has been restored.” She plans to look out herself for any opportunity to pay the good deed back by helping someone else in need.