Sheffield grandad saves the day with birthday card heroics

Glennis Clarke is handed her card by Geoff Bingley
Glennis Clarke is handed her card by Geoff Bingley
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A Good Samaritan stepped in to deliver a birthday card to a Sheffield grandmother at the last minute – thanks to the power of Twitter.

Geoff Bingley has been hailed as a ‘saint’ after he responded to the online appeal of Sheffield ex-pat Mandy Bennett, who now lives in Florida.

The 45-year-old had forgotten to send her mother Glynnis Clarke a card on her 75th birthday and when she realised, desperately called for someone in the city to help with a plea on the social networking site.

Although several people shared her message – including The Star, which has more than 44,000 followers – many said they could not offer assistance until the next day.

But then Geoff offered to buy a card and take it around the same night.

He stunned Glynnis and her husband Michael by turning up with the card – which would have taken days to arrive by post – at their Shiregreen home at around 9pm.

Mandy, who grew up in Wincobank and Shiregreen, thanked the big-hearted dad.

The mum said: “I called my parents to make sure I was not being bluffed and Geoff was at my mum’s house so I got to thank him and even offered to pay but he did not want anything in return.

“I don’t know how you can repay someone like this, words are just not enough.”

Mandy realised she had forgotten the milestone when she saw a picture of her late brother, who shares the birthday of December 1 with Glynnis, on Facebook.

She added: “I couldn’t believe I forgot.

“Yes, it is just a card but the lengths this man went to was absolutely amazing, a complete stranger spending his own money and petrol for someone he never met in his life.

“I say never underestimate the power of social media.”

Glynnis, of Wheatfield Crescent, added: “The first I knew about it was when Geoff arrived. I was really surprised but it was marvellous – I can’t praise Geoff enough, he is a saint.

“Mandy has never forgotten my birthday before but with her living abroad I just thought it had been delayed in the post.

“I suppose she won’t forget again now!”

And as for electrician Geoff it was all in a day’s work.

The 58-year-old pledged to help and visited his local shop to buy a card, but had to wait until his wife came home with the family car to drive it round.

The grandad, of Wincobank, said: “It was all circumstances really, I would normally have been at the gym but I was late home from work so went on Twitter.

“The way I think is that I hope somebody would give me a hand someday if I needed one.

“I just thought ‘why not?’, lots of people wanted to help and it was no hardship for me to do that.”