Good Samaritan comes to aid of Dalkeith family

Chris Dickson and Lisa Pryde, Woodburn, with our reporter Craig Finlayson, looking happier as an anonymous person paid off their council rent arrears after reading their story in last week's Advertiser
Chris Dickson and Lisa Pryde, Woodburn, with our reporter Craig Finlayson, looking happier as an anonymous person paid off their council rent arrears after reading their story in last week's Advertiser

A Good Samaritan has stepped forward to help a young Dalkeith family whose plight was highlighted in the Advertiser.

Last week, we revealed how Lisa Pryde (25) suffered a brain haemorrhage en-route to visiting her critically ill baby in hospital.

Her partner Chris Dickson (23) was forced to quit work and look after their eldest son, relying on handouts from relatives and friends.

Lisa had only just begun to regain her powers of mobility and speech when her Woodburn Road family was hit by a further blow with the news that Midlothian Council had frozen their position on the housing waiting list because of rent arrears accrued while Lisa was in a coma.

It meant they would miss out on a dream move from their one-bedroom flat to a bigger home.

But their prayers were answered when a mystery benefactor read our front page story and stepped forward to offer a helping hand. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, called the Advertiser news desk on Friday, offering to settle the unpaid rent bill.

Read the full story in this week’s Advertiser - out now.