In her latest act of generosity, Kate Winslet proves that she’s much more than just a pretty face or gifted performer! The Oscar-winning actress recently surprised a UK mom with her sizable donation to a GoFundMe campaign designed to offset skyrocketing energy bills from lifesaving equipment.
Carolynne Hunter, of Tillicoultry, Scotland, is a devoted mother to four children. Her 12-year-old daughter, Freya, has special needs due to a variety of health conditions, including blindness and cerebral palsy, and requires round-the-clock medical care. As Freya is physically dependent on an oxygen machine to assist with chronic breathing problems, the rising cost of electricity has severely impacted the Hunter household. This burden led Carolynne to start a GoFundMe campaign online.
According to Carolynne, the energy advisor at Clacks Council told her that her annual Electric and Gas cost would probably be around £17,000, which is the equivalent of about $24,000.
Lo and behold, the fundraiser swiftly received a whopping payment equivalent to $20,000 in American currency! The donation was marked “Kate Winslet and family.” Wait a minute, $20,000? The Kate Winslet?!
“When I heard about the money I just burst into tears — I thought it wasn’t even real,” said Carolynne. “I’m still thinking, is this real?”
Since learning about the donation, she has spoken to the “lovely, wonderful” Kate and enjoyed “quite a few conversations” with the personable star. Carolynne is incredibly grateful for the support but still worries about those who struggle with an uncertain economy and soaring prices. Despite her own burdens, Carolynne expressed genuine concern for others.
“I’m going to be helped but what about everyone else?” she asked.
Perhaps it is this spirit that has sustained Carolynne along the way. We can only imagine how challenging her day-to-day life must be. And yet, she continues to wake up every morning and channel her inner warrior to fight for Freya, becoming the public voice of her non-verbal daughter.
As we see it, there are three distinct heroes in this good news story and each one of them deserve tremendous kudos — the philanthropic movie star, the tenacious mother, and, especially, the courageous daughter. We are truly in awe of these ladies and their remarkable strength of character.
Do you know anyone down on their luck who could use some inspiration from them?
Share this story with the powerful girls and women in your life and remember to keep the Hunter family in your prayers!
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