Monday 20 November 2017

Mum's heartbreaking letter 'struck a chord' - Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy
Ryan Tubridy
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

A mother's heartbreaking letter which was read aloud by RTÉ's Ryan Tubridy on his programme yesterday morning "struck a chord with listeners", said the broadcaster.

The lone parent, who was not named, said she wasn't writing the letter to complain but to make people appreciate how lucky they are.

She put pen to paper after buying a Christmas present for her severely disabled son.

"[But] will I tell you what I did yesterday? I had to look in the toddlers' toy department for a noisy yoke that my 22-year-old son might like.

"I've been doing this for 22 years. No computers, no games, no books. Just basically a rattle if it makes the right noise."

She said she buys herself a present from her son which she opens alone on Christmas Day.

Tubridy told the Irish Independent his team were "stopped in our tracks by a letter that gives us pause for thought".

"The simple yet eloquent words of a listener in pain struck a chord with us and our listeners.

"But the outpouring of kindness that followed was deeply heartening and I have no doubt that the lady will have a happier Christmas as a result," he said.

Irish Independent

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