Search launched for stranger who paid £85 for stranded girl's train ticket home

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A mother has launched an appeal to find the kind-hearted stranger who bought her stranded daughter an £85 train ticket home.

India Ballancore, 16, missed her return train from Stockport to Bristol after undertaking what her mum Andrea described as her “first ever big journey” alone to visit friends.

She was told at the ticket office she would need to pay an additional £85 to board the next train.

But a woman stepped in and bought her a ticket for the Cross Country service, refusing to accept the £15 India had to offer as part-payment.

Her mother’s Facebook appeal to find the generous stranger has since been shared more than 125,000 times. She said she never thought it would go “quite as big as it has done”.

The mystery woman was described as blonde and with children of her own.

Ms Ballancore told the BBC: “She may not want to come forward, but even if she reads about it she will know how grateful we are.

“I remain hopeful that the woman at the heart of this story does make contact with me so I can thank her personally.”

She added: “My daughter didn’t have time to get her name. She tried to give her £15 towards the cost but she wouldn’t accept it.

“This has always been a story about human kindness and if nothing else, encourage others to look after one another.”

Advance tickets for Cross Country trains are only valid for the selected train. The Standard has contacted Virgin Trains for comment.

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