Irish Rugby star Brian O’Driscoll carried out a beautiful act of kindness this week as he helped a grieving woman with her bags at the airport.
The woman had recently lost her husband and “love of her life” to cancer and was returning home from visiting friends. The one-month anniversary of her husband’s death was approaching and she was feeling very teary and struggling with her bags.
Brian noticed the woman struggling and rushed over to offer some help, carrying her bags all the way to the plane for her.
The woman’s daughter Charlotte shared the story online saying, “Yesterday, my mother travelled back to Ireland from the UK, where she’d visited friends and family for the first time since she lost the love of her life to cancer.
“His first anniversary is this month. She was tired and emotionally fragile at the airport. Memories of holidays they took came back to her – holidays together that won’t happen again.
“She was the struggling with her bags on the steps out to the tarmac, and missing the person she called ‘her big strong man’ to help her. She was getting tearful, and it was then that someone she described as ‘a very handsome man’ offered to carry her bag, and even took it on to the plane for her.
“She said he was kind and helpful, which was just what she needed at that point.
“So a huge thank you from me to @ BrianODriscoll – not only did you help out my lovely mam when she was feeling helpless and lost, but as she’s been a huge fan of yours for as long as I remember, to meet you and find you to be kind and generous gave her a real lift. Thank you.”
What a sweet message, and what a good deed to brighten up that woman’s day.