The very best of Merseyside has been shown as strangers displayed kindness to those in need - even with a little gesture.

As we emerged from coronavirus restrictions, people in Merseyside have continued being kind, generous and making our region proud.

From a man paying for a mum's shopping to random acts of kindness from stranger, here are six uplifting stories that will restore your faith in humanity.

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Man pushing wife in wheelchair stopped by driver who spots problem

A pensioner in a wheelchair was overwhelmed when she was stopped by a car on one of the hottest days of the year.

Linda Clarke, 71, and her husband Graham, 69, had gone out for a walk close to their home in Ellesmere Port and had not realised the heat.

Linda Clarke, 71, and her husband Graham, 69, who were stopped by a man in car on one of the hottest days of the year
Linda Clarke, 71, and her husband Graham, 69, who were stopped by a man in car on one of the hottest days of the year

Graham was forced to push Linda's wheelchair onto the road because the pavements had become unbearably hot on Sunday, July 18.

Temperatures over the weekend had reached highs of 30°C and the Met Office has issued Amber warnings for extreme heat over the next few days.

Linda said: "We just didn't think to take any water as we hadn't realised how hot it was - we are not used to it in Great Britain.

"The pavements had become so hot we decided to walk along the side of the road.

"Then this car stops and the man inside asks if my husband would like a bottle of water, telling him how it can be very hard pushing a chair in the heat.

"Then he asked if I would like some water - it all happened so fast I didn't even ask his name."

Linda hopes that the man who offered them help will see how grateful they are, as she said: "A lot of people have a go at Ellesmere Port, but there are some lovely people here.

"I want him to know how thankful we are that he stopped. It just brightens your day to know there are some nice people out there."

Man followed mum out of Aldi store after realising she couldn't pay for shopping

A mum shopping with her six-year-old son in Aldi on St Mary's Road, Garston said she was left 'in shock' by the actions of a stranger when she couldn't pay for all her items at the till.
A mum shopping with her six-year-old son in Aldi on St Mary's Road, Garston said she was left 'in shock' by the actions of a stranger when she couldn't pay for all her items at the till.

An Aldi shopper was left in "shock" after r ealising she was unable to pay for her shopping when she reached the checkout.

Posting on Facebook yesterday (July 25), the mum said she had been shopping at Aldi on St Mary's Road in Garston with her six-year-old son.

After reaching the till with her shopping, she discovered she had brought out the wrong cash card and had to abandon some of her items at the till.

The mum said she left the supermarket and as she was packing away the rest of her shopping into her car, a "lovely man" came up to her with the bag of goods she had to leave behind.

She said she was " that much in shock with the man's kindness " she forgot to ask his details to repay the money.

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The mum's post read: "So today while I was shopping in the Aldi on Aigburth road I got to the till and realised I’d brought the incorrect cash card out, so I left some shopping behind.

"Anyway, as I was packing my car up some lovely man came up to the car with a bag of the bits I left behind ... [I] was that much in shock with his kindness [I] didn’t ask for his details to repay that.

"So if your that very kind person please get in touch as I’d love to drop the money back to you."

Woman's message for binman who went into her back garden

People living in Sefton have their general waste bins collected fortnightly
People living in Sefton have their general waste bins collected fortnightly

The woman, who lives in Birkdale, says her bins were due to be collected on Thursday.

But after "too many celebrations" following Wednesday's England win, she says she forgot to put them out.

General waste in Sefton is collected fortnightly, so the next collection will not be until July 22.

Posting on a neighbourhood app on Thursday (July 8), the woman wrote : "Bin men sometimes get a lot of stick so I thought I'd give them a shout out this morning.

"We forgot to put our bins out, too much celebration.

"Anyway, got up and the bin men had collected our bin from the garden, emptied them, and then put them back.

"How cool was that? Thank you to whoever it was that did that."

Dad in disbelief after going to stranger's house to pick up £300 his daughter lost

Georgeana Kenny, 24, lost £300 in St Helens town centre and had it returned
Georgeana Kenny, 24, lost £300 in St Helens and had it returned

A family were left in disbelief after a "kind man" returned hundreds of pounds found "scattered" outside a Merseyside Boots.

On Saturday morning, July 10, Georgeana Kenny, 24, went to St Helens town centre shopping and withdrew £300 from a cash machine to put towards her boyfriend Liam's 30th birthday celebrations.

Georgeana's dad, Andy, 53, said that after leaving the Superdrug branch in the town centre, she rang him upset as she realised the money, to pay a saxophone player, was missing.

Taking to social media, the dad and daughter posted on a local Facebook group i n the hopes somebody would have information or return the money, but thought there was "no chance" they would ever see it again.

But in a dramatic twist, Andy said he "couldn't believe" who the legend was that had returned the money.

Andy told the ECHO : "'It was her boyfriend Liam's birthday over the weekend and she'd organised a bit of a do for him at a pub in St Helens.

"She went into St Helens town centre in the morning and withdrew £300 out of a cash machine to pay various people. She then rang me all upset and said she didn't know what she'd done with the money.

"I said don't worry about it, I will lend you the money, don't stress about it. She said she had it in Superdrug in town but now it's gone."

Boys blow mum away, after her son, 5, walks up to them in park

Charlotte Hawthorn, 28, from Wallasey with her five-year-old son Rory Williams
Charlotte Hawthorn, 28, from Wallasey with her five-year-old son Rory Williams

A Merseyside mum had her ‘faith in humanity restored’ after a group of boys helped her son in the park.

Charlotte Hawthorn, from Wallasey, said the boys rushed to help her son in Central Park, off Liscard Road, on Monday, July 26.

The boys, who Charlotte believes are around 12-years-old, gave a helping hand to her five-year-old son Rory after the chain broke on his bike.

The 28-year-old told the ECHO that the youngsters then worked on his bike for around 45 minutes.

She said: "It has restored my faith in humanity.

“He was playing on his bike when he complained it was stuck. He got off and I had a brief look but I know nothing about bikes.

“There were some lads close by on bikes looking around age 12 and I suggested asking the boys to see if they could help.

“They came over immediately, all four of them were literally on the floor trying to sort it.

“It was really sweet. ‘We've done this before’ one of them said. They all encouraged each other and I kept saying ‘aww don’t worry boys if you can’t do it, it’s absolutely fine.’"

Charlotte said she was 'gutted' she didn't have her purse with her as she wanted to give them some money. However Rory insisted he ‘pay’ them in cookies.

She added: “Their hands were getting absolutely filthy so I gave them baby wipes. I didn’t have my purse on me which I was gutted about, as I would have given them a few quid.

“I did however happen to have an unopened pack of cookies and my five year old said 'excuse me, can we pay you in cookies please?' they laughed and agreed.

Teens 'blow man away' after boy, 4, was terrorised in park

Oliver Burton, 4, on his bike at the Parkland BMX Track in Ellesmere Port after a lad came to his aid when he fell off
Oliver Burton, 4, on his bike at the Parkland BMX Track in Ellesmere Port after a lad came to his aid when he fell off

A man has said he was blown away by a group of teen boys who came to the aid of his nephew when he fell off his bike.

Daz Butler, 35, had taken four-year-old Oliver Burton to Parkland BMX Track in Ellesmere Port over the weekend and was hoping for a more positive experience than the last time Oliver visited.

Daz, from Ellsemere Port, said: "My wife, Tracy, had taken Oliver a few weeks back and the amount of abuse they were subjected to meant that they had to leave a few minutes after arriving.

"A group of older kids were just awful, so this weekend, I said 'right, I will take him this time'."

But he was overjoyed to find that not only were the group of lads at the track polite, they also went out of their way to help Oliver.

Daz said: "When we got there we saw a group of young lads sitting on the track, but once Oliver started riding they jumped right over out of his way and asked if he was OK.

"And when he fell one of the lads didn't hesitate and jumped up to see if he was OK and got his bike up for him ready for him to start again.

"It was so lovely to see because some of the kids around here get slated all the time. And these lads could have only been about 12-13.

"But this was just something so simple, it needs to be pointed out."

Daz thanked the children and parents who helped and offered support, he added: "It was brilliant, and it was so good for Oliver for him to see that kind of behaviour - the positive side - and a real confidence boost."

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