Overwhelmed by Derbyshire kindness

On a beautiful June afternoon the four of us, on holiday from North Yorkshire, were walking part of the Monsal Trail with Ebbie, our Labrador cross, when she collided with a bicycle and was very badly hurt.

The male cyclist, who was entirely blameless, stayed with us as we tended her until help came.

Many people stopped and asked whether they could assist us in any way. We still have the item of clothing donated by a female cyclist, who knelt at Ebbie’s head and gave her water while we wrapped our dog’s injured body to protect it from the ground.

The staff at Hassop Station Café, despite it being a busy Saturday afternoon for them, were so helpful in trying to locate a vet. Our prayers were answered when, out of the blue, on a white horse, rode Bruce, a vet in Chesterfield, who gave up his day off to arrange for Ebbie to be transported to his practice, where he then operated on her. A young man called Mike offered help at any time, gave us his telephone number and kept in touch with us over the following days.

We have been overwhelmed by the kindness of the people of Derbyshire. Their concern and their caring hearts were a huge comfort to us.

Ebbie is recovering slowly back at home in North Yorkshire. We owe her life to Bruce and all the wonderful staff in Chesterfield, and we owe our own well-being to the Derbyshire folk who cared for and supported us at a very difficult time. Through this letter, we wish to thank everyone who helped, including the owners of the cottage we had rented for the week: Jan and Richard, and their son, Tim, were kindness itself. We would love to be able to return the item of clothing to the female cyclist, who knelt with us on the ground, if she makes contact.

It is especially difficult to experience trauma away from home, but we found a second home in Derbyshire that day and will never forget its people.

Suzy and George Moules, Mary and Trevor Bowes,

and Ebbie

York

The male cyclist, who was entirely blameless, stayed with us as we tended her until help came.

Many people stopped and asked whether they could assist us in any way. We still have the item of clothing donated by a female cyclist, who knelt at Ebbie’s head and gave her water while we wrapped our dog’s injured body to protect it from the ground.

The staff at Hassop Station Café, despite it being a busy Saturday afternoon for them, were so helpful in trying to locate a vet. Our prayers were answered when, out of the blue, on a white horse, rode Bruce, a vet in Chesterfield, who gave up his day off to arrange for Ebbie to be transported to his practice, where he then operated on her. A young man called Mike offered help at any time, gave us his telephone number and kept in touch with us over the following days.

We have been overwhelmed by the kindness of the people of Derbyshire. Their concern and their caring hearts were a huge comfort to us.

Ebbie is recovering slowly back at home in North Yorkshire. We owe her life to Bruce and all the wonderful staff in Chesterfield, and we owe our own well-being to the Derbyshire folk who cared for and supported us at a very difficult time. Through this letter, we wish to thank everyone who helped, including the owners of the cottage we had rented for the week: Jan and Richard, and their son, Tim, were kindness itself. We would love to be able to return the item of clothing to the female cyclist, who knelt with us on the ground, if she makes contact.

It is especially difficult to experience trauma away from home, but we found a second home in Derbyshire that day and will never forget its people.

Suzy and George Moules, Mary and Trevor Bowes,

and Ebbie

York