A woman says she was left feeling “blessed” after she came across a random note from a stranger.
Ni-Cola Jackson, from Levenshulme, Manchester, was walking to her local shop when she came across an abandoned bike.
As she went to take a closer look she noticed it had a note attached to it which read ‘please take free,’ reports Manchester Evening News.
Unbeknown to the kindhearted samaritan, their goodwill gesture came at the right time for 39-year-old Ni-Cola, who has been recovering from a car accident.
She told the publication: “I started looking around thinking maybe someone was going to jump out on me as if it was a joke or something.
“I’ve been off for the last 16 months recovering from an accident and I’ve had to learn to walk all over again.
“I was literally in a bike shop last week trying to figure out what bike I might be getting to help me get back out there – this is like an actual miracle.”
In December 2019, Ni-Cola, who works in Christian education, was on the way to a school in Bolton when her car was hit by a 4×4 ranger.
“What I was told was possibly ligament damage, just whiplash, turned into 16 months of absolute hell,” Ni-Cola explained.
“I’d ended up with a damaged nerve but because of the pandemic, I wasn’t able to get any appointments to get assessed – I was only diagnosed in October 2020.
“The last year and a half have been an absolute whirlwind, so things like this today have been an absolute blessing.
“Whoever it was has helped me more than they could ever possibly imagine.”
Ni-Cola believes it was “pure fate” that she came across the bike.
She continued to say: “I’m still not in a fit state to drive my car, I’ve only just returned to work last week on phased and limited shifts.
“The bike looks like it’s recently been tidied up and repainted, it’s like it’s all lined up for me.
“Blue is my colour, I’m quite petite, I’m only 5ft, so it’s the perfect size for me.
“It’s literally like it was waiting for me to find it.”
Ni-Cola has now taken to social media to thank the stranger personally for the kind gesture.
“I just thought it would be so nice to find out who that person was,” she added. “They’ve literally made my day and I’m now about to buy a helmet online.
“It’s going to be great to be able to get my body working after literally being sat down and in a wheelchair for months.
“I’ve had to watch the whole world cycle and walk by for the last ten months, and it’s certainly taken its toll on me but now I can be one of those people too.
“I’d love to thank them somehow in whatever way I can.
“It just shows me that, despite all the craziness in the world right now, there are truly are some wonderful and kind souls out there.”