How an act of kindness in a Preston sandwich shop gave this man the strength to go on

Posted on - 5th December, 2019 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Fulwood, People, Preston News, Sharoe Green
John with Becky (centre) after her act of kindness
John with Becky (centre) after her act of kindness

A Preston man who’s brother is critically ill in Royal Preston Hospital has praised the “compassion and humanity” of a sandwich shop employee.


John Swarbrick has been visiting his brother, Mark, in RPH and using the Sharoe Green Subway for lunch breaks. It was here that he experienced the kindness of team leader Becky Finch.

John said: “The past week has probably been the hardest week of my life for myself and my family.

“My brother Mark is currently battling for his life in the critical care ward at Royal Preston Hospital.

“We have been popping into Subway across the road and Becky has been serving me. I shared a little about my brother and why I have been popping over most days.”

During a particularly hard day yesterday, John went over to Subway as usual.

“Becky served me, but I was so stressed, I had forgotten to transfer some money into my current account and then completely forgot my password.

“I was fumbling around and feeling embarrassed when Becky told me not to worry, as she had already purchased my food out of her own pocket. She told me she hopes my brother gets better and it was to make me feel a little better.

“Let me tell you, what could have been the worst day of my life was saved by this act of human kindness. Becky’s compassion and humanity in that simple act of buying me my lunch gave me the strength to get back in the ward.

“Knowing that no matter how hard this life can be there are still people like Becky in it, gives me hope for the future.”

John, who says he will pay Becky back, posted his story on the Subway Facebook page to ensure Becky got the recognition she deserved. The post has already had hundreds of likes and shares.

“Becky is a superstar, and the more people know about people like her the better. I also love the fact that complete strangers are sending their love to my brother. It’s quite heartwarming and has really cheered my mum up too.”

Becky, who is from Ingol, said: “I didn’t think much about it at the time. John has seemed stressed, and I thought I could help him out.

“I’m glad it improved his day, and I’m overwhelmed that I have made his day, however I’m really surprised that it has gone as far as it has on Facebook.

“I didn’t expect it with everyone liking, commenting and sharing it but I am more than happy with it.”

Becky has received gifts from Subway’s head office and the Sharoe Green franchisee, in recognition of her efforts.

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What do you think of Becky’s act of kindness? Let us know in the comments.

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