A Cardiff mother has drawn the adoration of the internet for offering to make extra food for struggling parents with children, while she cooks her own family dinner.
In an innocuous post on the Cardiff Gumtree, Boudicca Stretton-Brown, 27, offered a home cooked meal every Monday for struggling families, while she cooks for her own three children.
The full advert read:
Free home cooked meal every Monday (or other arranged day) for family with children living on benefits or struggling to keep the fridge stocked due to unforseen personal circumstances.
I will be cooking for my own family and make extra, which can be picked up or I can drop off if local.
If this seems like a good idea to you please let me know and we will arrange things.
I'm a stay at home mum and lucky enough to be in a position to offer a little help to those who may need it.
The ad went viral on social media.
FREE FOOD. Home made with love, check this out: http://t.co/KiHpdXMV8Q— Titus Thomson (@TitusJude) January 24, 2014
This is lush. A woman in Cardiff is offering a free home-cooked meal every Monday for a struggling family: http://t.co/SYdqT94n3k— Elena Cresci (@elenacresci) January 28, 2014
The story of Boudicca Stretton-Brown advertising free meals for struggling families on Gumtree is inspiring & depressing in equal measure.— Aled Blake (@AledBlake) January 29, 2014
Picked up by Wales Online, Stretton-Brown says she has now been inundated with calls and emails from families in crisis.
“I thought if I am making a pie once a week, I could just make an extra pie,” she told Wales Online. “If you are cooking in bulk it is a lot cheaper so it goes a lot further.
"My advert went all over Twitter. It was a bit of a shock. Lots of people wrote to say that they saw my advert and felt inspired to donate to charity," she said.
“I’ve had a few really nice emails from people saying want to help out with the cooking, including one from a chef! It has been really heart warming. I’ve been feeling very fuzzy the past few days.”
The Trussell Trust, the UK's largest network of food banks, estimate one in five parents in the UK is struggling to feed their children.
More than a quarter of parents suffering from some form of food poverty said they were unable to provide food for all the meals their children need during the school holidays.