Mum left speechless after stranger gifts her grieving son, five, a teddy bear for the most heartbreaking reason

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A YOUNG mum said she was left “speechless” by a stranger’s random act of kindness towards her son. 

Chelsea Robinson, 25, was shopping in Manchester city centre on Sunday afternoon with her son Kian Hempenstall, five, when they were approached by a woman holding two boxes.

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Chelsea Robinson, 25, was left speechless after son Kian Hempenstall, five, was given a Build-A-Bear by a stranger [/caption]

After checking that Kian likes teddy bears, she handed over one of the Build-A-Bear boxes to the youngster.

She explained to Chelsea how she does the same thing each year to honour the child she lost – buying one for herself to keep and a second for a random child around a similar age to what her child would be now.

Despite now living near Stoke-on-Trent, the mum told Chelsea she makes the annual trip to Manchester as that’s where her baby died.

The random act of kindness was even more special for young Kian, as he suffered tragedy himself this year, when his dad died in a road accident in May.

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After checking that Kian likes teddy bears, the mystery woman handed over one of the Build-A-Bear boxes to the youngster[/caption]

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Chelsea pictured with son Kian, five, and eight-month-old son Lake[/caption]

Sharing a photo of Kian and the mystery woman on Facebook, Chelsea said: “I’ve never felt so much kindness as we just received five minutes ago. 

“To this wonderful lady, thank you. We were just making our way across town when we were approached and Kian was asked if he liked teddy bears.

“My natural response was ‘well yeah but why?’

“And she explained that her baby would have been eight years old and every year she buys two bears and travels 70 miles to Manchester to gift one to a child of a similar age that would have been her sweet baby.

“The other is kept by herself and the family.

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The kind stranger said her baby would have been eight years old and every year she buys two bears – and gives one away to a child of a similar age[/caption]

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Chelsea said that the woman was like an ‘angel’ to her [/caption]

“After all we’ve been through this year, especially for my precious little Kian losing his dad, I felt we had such a connection, even in that brief moment. 

“I believe that angels come around in a time of need, and this certainly was that.”

Chelsea, who was separated from Kian’s dad, didn’t ask the woman any details about the child she’d lost as she didn’t want to cause any upset.

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Chelsea and Kian were extremely touched by the amount of kindness and love they felt from the lady[/caption]

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Chelsea said Kian was excited about getting a new bear and was so happy the whole way home[/caption]

The mum, who also has eight-month-old son Lake, said: “She just came over to us in Piccadilly Gardens and asked if Kian liked teddy bears. 

“She already had them both in her hands and then she explained as to why she wanted to gift him a teddy bear.

“We were extremely touched by the amount of kindness and love we felt from this lady. 

“I instantly felt a connection when she explained to us why she wanted to gift Kian the teddy bear, given he has recently lost his daddy as well.

“We were completely speechless and I just wanted to give her a big hug. 

“Kian was excited about getting a new bear and he was so happy the whole way home, it will be something that we can keep and cherish forever.”


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