How a simple act of kindness in McDonald’s inspired a community to come together

A dad has brought together a community to raise money for a little girl whose mum succumbed to an illness.

Aaron Fuller, 28, had taken his three-year-old son Jack to McDonald’s earlier this month.

A young girl, who he later found out was five-year-old Phoebe Jefferson, approached his son and accompanied him while he played on one of the iPads in the Whitstable branch.

He explained: “She asked me what nursery he goes to and I explained, then when I asked her where she went to school she said ‘I was going to school, but I have to move school now because my mother died last night’.”

While Phoebe was playing with Jack, she went back to her grandparents and asked to give him a packet of Smarties.

Aaron added: “You could see she had a tear in her eye but she was still willing to go get some sweets for my son.

“She was willing to show kindness and it was really touching.

“You don’t know what will happen – life is short – so I thought I would come up with a fundraiser and do something special.”

Aaron was so touched that he decided to set up a fundraiser for Phoebe, with the money raised going towards her future.
‘A sweet little girl’

Phoebe’s grandparents, Eric and Janet Jefferson, are both 71. They previously lived in Sturry before moving to Reculver about a year ago.

Their 45-year-old daughter and Phoebe’s mother, Vikki, suddenly passed away due to illness on Valentine’s Day.

Janet explained how she felt when Aaron got in touch and explained he wanted to raise money for Phoebe.

She said: “The kindness of a complete stranger blew us away and we couldn’t believe how touched he had been by her.

“She’s a very sweet little girl.

“This is going to benefit Phoebe and that’s all that matters to us.

“Thank you to everyone who has donated, bless them, and rest assured that it will all go to a good cause.

“We are going to keep Vikki’s memory alive as much as we can.”
Community response

Currently more than 80 people have come together to raise over £1,300 for the fund.

Eric and Janet still have not decided how they would like to spend the money, but most of it would be put into a trust fund for Phoebe’s education later on in life.

Aaron is a postman who delivers in the Whitstable High Street area.

He spoke to staff at Reppin & Jones Jewellers in Whitstable, who have since donated a locket necklace to Phoebe, which will include a photo of her mum.

Aaron added: “Everyone has come together – friends, family and random strangers.

“There have been so many nice responses and it has been really rewarding.”

 

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