Mum's bid to trace stranger who left heartwarming note

Sammie Welch with her son Credit: Good Morning Britain

A young mother is hoping to thank a generous stranger who left her a handwritten note in which he described her as a "credit to her generation" along with a five pound note.

Sammie Welch was travelling with her three-year-old son Rylan Harms on a busy First Great Western Train from Birmingham New Street to Plymouth last Thursday when the man handed her the note as he got off the train at Bristol Parkway.

The note, in capital letters, read: "Have a drink on me. You are a credit to your generation, polite and teaching the little boy good manners.

"PS I have a daughter your age, someone did the same for her once. Hope when she has children she is as good a mother as you.

"Have a lovely evening."

Ms Welch told Good Morning Britain she had no idea what led the man to write the note.

She said: "I have no idea as I was just being like I normally am with my son. Playing, having a laugh, dancing."

The man passed her the note saying it had fallen out of her bag as he got off the train at Bristol Parkway at 7.32pm.

Watch the full interview on the Good Morning Britain website.

Ms Welch, who lives in Plymouth, said: "He literally tapped me on the shoulder and just handed me this note and said I think you've dropped this out of your bag

"I can't actually describe the way it made me feel. It was shocking."

She said she now wants to trace the man, who was in his 50s and wearing glasses and a hat, to thank him for his generosity.

"I don't think he understands how much the note made me feel so I'd like to tell him," she added.