Woman Offers Free Meals to the Needy


Boudicca Stretton-Brown, 27, placed an advert on Gumtree offering free home cooked meals every Monday to families living on benefits. The idea was “to offer a little help to those who may need it”. She was shocked to see people from all over the country sharing the ad on Twitter.


Cooking at her home in Splott, Cardiff, the mother of three said, “Lots of people wrote to say that they saw my advert and felt inspired to donate to

“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.” charity.”

Gumtree promoted the offer itself on its official Twitter feed which said “a heart-warming ad for a Friday afternoon!”

Other users wrote than it “proves some people just get on with being nice”, and London-based Pere Villega (@pvillega) shared a link to the site saying: “Hopefully it will help people”.

The Gumtree advert, which has now been taken down from the site, read in full: “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 unforeseen personal circumstances.”

“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.”


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