Watch as self-isolating Boroughbridge mum is moved to tears by kindness of strangers when she needed it most
A single mum from Boroughbridge who has been struggling emotionally and financially through the turmoil of coronavirus has been moved to tears by the kindness and extraordinary generosity of neighbours she 'didn't even know.'
Natalie, 31, who suffers with anxiety, is currently self-isolating with her seven-year-old daughter Aleesha, and has been worried about making ends meet during such uncertain and unprecedented times.
But in an amazing, selfless deed that has brought much-needed hope and comfort through these dark times for us all, neighbours posted a heartfelt note through her door which simply reads, 'To Natalie, from caring neighbours,' and inside this note was £60 in cash.
The neighbours have also been checking in with Natalie regularly to ask if there is anything she needs, including groceries, during her self-isolation period.
Natalie works as a beautician - her dream career - and she threw all of her passion, energy and drive into qualifying last year. But due to coronavirus, self-isolation, childcare pressures and school closures, Natalie fears she might not have a job to return to once this is all eventually over. Her mum, who would ordinarily be able to support with looking after her daughter, is also having to self-isolate due to falling into an elderly higher-risk category.
However, despite this difficult and concerning time for Natalie, the kindness from neighbours has brought her joy and reassurance that she isn't alone. It has also sent a clear and inspiring message to her daughter.
Natalie said: "This generosity means more than words right now, I just feel completely overwhelmed. It teaches my daughter to always be kind, and even more so at times where things may be a little more challenging than normal, and shows her we should always help those who may be less fortunate than ourselves.
"It's showing that there are a lot of good people out there - sometimes it takes the big drastic events such as this to show the best in people. We are all in this together, and for everybody that is struggling right now, please don't feel like you're alone, because this just shows that there are lots of kind and caring people out there, and we're not alone in this.
"We all need to be kind and support one another where we can - I know we can't all go out at the moment due to self-isolation, but we can all still be there for one another."
Natalie said the care and attention shown by her neighbours has also boosted her mental health, and stressed that it is small acts of kindness that will continue to be the most powerful way of getting us through this pandemic together.
She said: "With everything that's going on, it's quite scary, it's the fear of the unknown - we don't know if we are going to lose loved ones. You need friends and family when you're struggling with your mental health, and you need to talk.
"So not being able to have that face-to-face contact with people during self-isolation is hard. But like Caroline Flack said, be kind, it can make a big difference and help people through their darkest times.
"You also have to focus on the positives, because if you don't, you hit rock bottom, and unfortunately some people stay there - others don't. That's why you've got to be there for each other, and we can be even though we can't all physically see each other at the moment."
Natalie hopes she will be able to return to her dream job as soon as possible to provide for her daughter and continue with something she truly loves.
She said: "I want to stay doing what I love, I love talking to people, and I love supporting them - it's a bit like a counselling service - not only am I making them look good and feel good, but you're also having that social interaction.
"But whatever happens now, knowing I have got supportive and kind people surrounding me, it really helps. I'm proud to say I live in Boroughbridge, it's a lovely place, full of kind people."