A mother-of-seven forced to travel 70 miles to visit her four-month-old daughter in hospital has been overwhelmed by an act of kindness from a train conductor.
Rachel Broadway was travelling from her home in Retford to a hospital in Sheffield to visit her little daughter Ocean.
The 41-year-old had gave birth to twins, 12 weeks prematurely in December 2018.
And while her son Odin is back in the family home, Rachel still makes the regular journey to see her daughter at Sheffield Teaching Hospital’s neonatal ward, Manchester Evening News reports.
Ocean is receiving treatment for a condition known as necrotizing enterocolitis – a devastating disease that affects premature infants’ intestines.
She has been travelling back and forth to the hospital to see the baby
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Rachel only manages to see her daughter five times a week as she has found the journey very expensive.
The mother spends around £25 a day to complete the journey – and there is no sign yet of when she will be able to come home.
But she can make now that journey every day thanks to a simple act of kindness.
Rachel often got her tickets checked by a train guard named Emma, who took an interest in to why she was making the long trip so often.
The Northern Rail worker then spoke with her manager, who then gave the mother-of-seven free train travel to and from the hospital until Ocean is back home.
“I am absolutely pleased with their humanity – so much love from me and thanks to them for their kindness”, said Rachel in an emotional Facebook post.
Little Ocean was born premature and is in the neonatal ward
Her mum was given an amazing gift thanks to a stranger
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“This now means that I can see Ocean every day rather than just the five – it will save a lot of money along the way.
“It’s been such a difficult few months for me and the kids, so this has raised our spirits so much.
“Emma, you are one in a million and I am in tears of gratitude.”
Rachel later put out an appeal on Facebook to track down the Northern Rail train guard to say thank you.
After days of searching for Emma, the pair eventually made contact with one another and have since become friends.
“We chat to each other on Facebook and text now and again”, said Rachel.
“Often Emma will ask me how Ocean is doing in the hospital and if we’ll maybe see each other again on the trains.
“I am still incredibly overwhelmed that a stranger could do such a lovely thing.”
Four-month-old Ocean has recently undergone a third operation and Rachel is hoping that it won’t be too long before she can be reunited with Odin at the family home.
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