A Hull dad who cannot afford to buy his son Christmas presents has been overwhelmed by the support people have offered him.

Hull Live reported on Tuesday about Adam Barton’s agony after losing his job left him with no money and living off food banks.

But since the story was published strangers have offered Adam a new job and donated Christmas presents to his 5-year-old son Alexander.

The 29-year-old, from Boothferry estate, said: “It has been really lovely to see of the kind messages.

“I’ve had lots of people messaging me and offering me jobs. It gives me massive faith in humanity and people putting aside their own problems to help others.

“I’d do the same if it was me and I was in a better financial situation - I still do try and do my bit with helping people with mental health and doing something that way.

Adam Barton, 29, lives on Boothferry Estate
Adam Barton, 29

“I think we have to stick together and help each other.”

After reading about Adam’s situation, Keith Welch, 39, from Whaplode in Lincolnshire, felt compelled to do something.

He said: “I saw the story over in South Lincolnshire. I’m a dad myself, I have a little boy and at the end of the day I wouldn’t want my boy not to be able to open presents and waking up like it was just any other day.

“It’s only circumstance that separates us so I’m going to go into Spalding and get the lad some gifts.

“I can’t promise the world but at least it can put a smile on the boy’s face at Christmas.”

Adam was taken aback by Keith’s kindness and said: “I’m really thankful and really grateful.

Keith Welch, 39, from Whaplode in Lincolnshire has sent gifts to Adam and his son
Keith Welch, 39, from Whaplode in Lincolnshire has sent gifts to Adam and his son

“He really didn’t have to do that but obviously it is really kind of them.

“It has been really lovely to see that people want to help.”

Things are looking are starting to look up for Adam who has also been offered work in sales by a business who heard about his predicament.

“They saw the article and saw that I was struggling and luckily they had a space open so they got in touch with me.

“Hopefully I’ll be starting after Christmas, I’ll be working in sales which I’m used to anyway.

“Having a job will make a massive massive difference. For one it will bring money but depression wise it will help focus my mind and instead of panicking I can focus on work.

“Hopefully I’ll be going into 2020 with a fresh start."

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