Kind-hearted B&M staff move mum to tears with favour for terminally ill son
Kind-hearted B&M staff moved the mum of a terminally ill boy to tears after letting her take a display toy chair home.
Toni Bluck wanted to buy a hanging egg chair for her son Caelan from the chain's Leigh branch on March 27, the Manchester Evening News reports.
She didn't have enough money and decided to purchase one from her local St Helens store in Merseyside a few days later.
But the 24-year-old was devastated when she was told the item was no longer in stock.
Desperate to buy her six-year-old son, who suffers from Infantile Pompe disease, Toni returned to the Leigh shop on Wednesday.
But once again, Toni was told the item was out of stock, with only the display chair left remaining.
Toni said she wants to give Caelan “all that she can” before he passes away and explained his circumstances to the branch manager.
Moved by his story, it was agreed they could take the display chair home.
The act of kindness left Toni in tears.
She said: “I hate saying no to him, he doesn’t ask for much and I want to give him all that I can before he passes away.
“I showed (the branch manager) the image of him clinging onto it and explained his circumstances.
“She agreed for me to have it and got some of the lads to take it down. I burst out crying; I couldn’t explain how grateful I was for their kindness.
“They were all so lovely. She even gave me 10 per cent off!”
Toni and Caelan’s dad, Nathan Chapman, travel to Manchester every two weeks for treatment to “keep him alive as long as possible”.
At the moment, they are at home enjoying life as much as they can.
Toni continued: “I was so excited to get in the car and set it up before my son got home from school.
“When I picked him up, I told him I had a big surprise for him waiting at home.
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“He guessed straight away it was the chair, all the way home he was laughing and giggling saying, ‘I knew it’.
“Once we got home, he got straight into the chair – he was so excited.
“He kept saying, ‘I love it’, he stayed in it for six hours yesterday!
“He is never comfortable in chairs or wheelchairs due to his illness, it’s very hard to keep him happy for a long period of time when it comes to seating, but this chair was great for him.
“Caelan has a terminal muscle-wasting disease called Infantile Pompe disease, there’s no life expectancy for this illness however he is on a life support machine to give him the longest time possible with us.”
Leigh store manager, Debbie, said: “When we heard the customer's story, we knew that we wanted to help her in her search to find an egg chair for her son. We’re extremely happy that we were able to make them both so happy.”
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