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In amongst all the tales of bitterness and poo, we occasionally get fluffy stories that bring a small tear to our internet-jaded eyes.

In celebration of this, what is the nicest thing someone's done for you? Whether you thoroughly deserved it or it came out of the blue, tell us of heartwarming, selfless acts by others.

Failing that, what nice things have you done for other people, whether they liked it or not?

(, Thu 2 Oct 2008, 16:14)
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The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me has got to be pretty much everything my friend Catherine has ever done for me. When I was training to be a midwife I met Catherine- we were in different years but same hospital and we were pretty much instant friends. I didn't really have any other friends in the town and I spent so much time round at hers with her and her family. She and her then-husband gave me a job at their restaurant and many lovely evenings and weekends, dinners and even a couple of trips away. She lent me the money for my flat deposit when money was tight.

Then I was reassessed for my student loan and bursary and awarded a whole £1400 for a YEAR. That and I was diagnosed with ME so couldn't work on top of my course. I was ill, depressed, away from home, struggling to stay afloat with uni and placement and could not even afford to drop out of uni as I was too poor to defer! And the contract on the house I was in ran out on 8th August; a month and a half before my course finished. I was penniless, in a hell of a lot of debt and now homeless.

Catherine insisted I stay with her and her family, rent and board free. In return I helped out with the kids and generally was an extra pair of hands but it wasn't enough and I don't think I will ever be able to convey how grateful I am for all that she did for me during a spectacularly poor time of my life, given that she effectively saved my career.

Thank you, Catherine- and you know you can ask for anything, any time. One day I'll find something big enough that I feel I've paid you back!
(, Fri 3 Oct 2008, 17:07, Reply)

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