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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

An act of kindness

The school received a heartwarming letter about one of our Sixth Form students after he stopped to help them after school one day

The school received this heartwarming letter about one of our Sixth Form students after he stopped to help them after school one day:

Dear Mr Kiely,

I am writing to express my gratitude to one of the students in your sixth form.

On the evening of the 4th October, I found myself injured and stranded at a bus stop. I had gone out for a short walk and due to a cartilage injury, got a sharp pain and found myself unable to bear any weight on my left knee. Despite being 31, I found myself crying with pain. I had no phone, no oyster card or money on me.

Numerous people walked by staring at their phones or looking the other way. That was until one of the students in your sixth form offered me some assistance. I can't  stress the amount of time and effort he invested in helping me get home safely. This involved trying to persuade bus drivers to let me travel one stop without an oyster card. Then only with a lot of assistance from him, did I manage to hobble extremely slowly back home.

He really went out of this way to help me. In today's society the media are very quick to paint young people in a negative light, yet it was a young person who displayed altruistic qualities. This students actions can teach everyone about the importance of kindness, compassion and empathy.

[ ... ] He is a credit to your school and himself. I wish him every success in his exams. Please extend my gratitude to him.