A student who had a fit on a train is trying to track a mystery man down after he left her £10 for a taxi and a touching handwritten note.
Ellie Farnfield was travelling from Redhill in Surrey to London Victoria on Wednesday evening to teach a fitness class when she fell ill.
The 27-year-old woke up dazed and confused to find station staff had been alerted and a kind stranger had left her money and contacted 14 people from her phone book.
Ellie Farnfield had a fit on a train and is now trying to track a mystery man down after he left her £10 for a taxi and a touching handwritten note
Ellie Farnfield had a fit on a train and is now trying to track a mystery man down after he left her £10 for a taxi and a touching handwritten note.
The part-time acupuncture student, who is studying at York, is now hoping to track down the stranger, who only referred to himself as ‘Tom’.
The note, written with a blue ink, explained he had called for medical help after discovering Miss Farnfield on the floor.
I hope by the time you read this you are feeling better. You had a seizure on the train and I took you off.
‘You didn’t hit your head but I may have hurt your leg as I walked on it before realising you were on the floor having a fit! Sorry!
‘I’m also sorry I can’t stay with you now but here is a coffee to perk you up later and £10 to make sure you get a taxi home.
‘Sorry I don’t have anymore money so I hope you don’t live far away. I’ve contacted people from your phone and medical help is on its way and you’re with train staff.
‘Wishing you all the best and a quick recovery.
The note, which was posted by Miss Farnfield on Facebook on Thursday morning, has already been shared nearly 1,000 times.
She wrote alongside the image:
‘Faith restored in humanity in London last night. Thank you so much to everyone who helped me last night – especially “Tom”.
‘Would love to try and find this man so I can return his money and add many many thanks to it!!’
The part-time fitness instructor, speaking to MailOnline, added that at first she thought someone had stolen her bag.
She said: ‘I was very confused. Then I saw the note and the money and felt quite emotional – it was such a thoughtful thing to do.
‘Anything could have happened. I could have hit my head, fallen off the train, been there for a long time.
‘I just want to thank Tom for his help. I’d tell him: “You’re a star and I really, really appreciate it”.
‘I’d also like to return the money. There is something really lovely about the kindness of a stranger.
‘If I meet him, drinks are on me.’
The student, who has had several fits in the past, added that her family and friends had fully embraced the #findtraintom campaign.
She said: ‘Everyone thinks Tom is great. There has been lots of speculation about who he might be, what he does, what he looks like, and friends “shotgunning” him as their future boyfriend.’
She added on Facebook yesterday: ‘No updates yet but thanks to everyone who is helping with the hunt! #findtraintom.’
A spokesman for Southern, the train operator for that section of the line, said: ‘What this mystery man Tom did just goes to show how thoughtful and kind-hearted many of our passengers are.
‘This would have been a frightening experience but thanks to our good Samaritan this young lady woke up in good hands with a taxi fare home.’
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