A widower who faced spending his 95th birthday alone received 400 birthday cards to mark the occasion after a social media appeal from a young pal went viral.
Tommy Houston faced being on his own for his birthday on November 21 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But he received a windfall of cards from as far away as Japan and Jamaica, as well as 20 gifts from strangers.
The astonishing act of generosity was organised by his friend Aoife Malone, 24, who posted an appeal for well-wishes on social media site Instagram.
The pair became friends aftter Tommy’s wife died and the pair bonded over their shared love of feminism.
Tommy Houston faced being on his own for his birthday on November 21 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but has been sent more than 400 birthday cards and about 20 gifts after his friend posted an appeal on social media
He has received a windfall of cards from as far away as Japan and Jamaica, as well as 20 gifts from strangers
Dad-of-three Tommy lost his wife Margaret in 2014.
But a year afterwards he met Aoife, who was then a student and working in a bookmakers, in Galashiels, Scottish Borders, where he lives.
Aoife noticed Tommy would come into the shop to place 2p bets and chat to people, and they became good friends, with Tommy teaching her to drive, and attending her graduation.
Tommy drove Aoife into her studies in Fashion Communication at Heriot-Watt University in Galashiels every day, and cooked her dinner.
Dad-of-three Tommy lost his wife Margaret in 2014 but struck up a friendship with Aoife Malone, 24
Aoife now lives in New York where she works in marketing, and she knew how hard this year had been for the OAP being alone during the pandemic.
The friends speak every day but Aoife knew how much the retired taxi driver treasured cards and keepsakes given to him, and would re-read the messages.