Fleetwood mum saved by random act of kindness after night spent freezing in Lake District

A mother of one is pleading for the person who found her car keys to come forward so she can thank them

A young mum was left stranded in the middle of nowhere in the Lake District after losing her car keys – only for the kindness of a stranger to eventually save the day after a night spent shivering on the cold Cumbria fells.

After spending the day exploring the Lake District, Katie Spearpoint’s day plunged into a nightmare after realising she had lost her car key. She realised this left her stranded in the middle of the national park with next to no provisions to get her through the night.

Katie, from Fleetwood, had decided to spend her day exploring the fells around Coniston; an area she is familiar with and has visited countless times in the last year. But things went downhill drastically when she discovered her backpack pocket was open and the keys to her car had disappeared.

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Thankfully she hadn’t locked the vehicle and was able to get into the car and take shelter. But as temperatures plummeted she had to resort to starting a small fire to keep warm. The 30-year-old mother of one had called to try and get a new key which would take a week to come and cost £800.

Stressed and worried, she didn’t know how she was going to be able to afford it so made the decision to call for a tow truck to come and collect her. However, while she was on the phone the next morning she found out someone had handed her keys into the Coniston Tourist Information Centre.

She said: “I had spent about seven hours exploring the mountains around Coniston and I was making my way back to the car. I realised my key wasn’t in my bag. I knew I’d not locked the car because my fob is broken but I wasn’t too worried as I was in a remote place.

“At the time I was pleased as I knew I would be able to at least get inside the car. But I didn’t know what I was going to do. It was freezing. I made some calls and it was going to cost me £800 to get a new key but it would take a week to get the key. I was stranded and I didn’t know what to do.

“It was freezing, I tried to wrap up in blankets and coats I had in the car but it was so cold I sort of went into survival mode I had to light a fire to try and keep warm it was so cold. I know it wasn’t the best thing to do but I didn’t know what else to do. My phone was dying, I was hungry and worried.”

Katie had socks on her hands trying to keep warm at the time but was becoming increasingly concerned about what was going to happen to her. She was also worried about her young daughter who was being taken care of by her mother back in Lancashire. She said: “If it wasn’t for my mum looking after her it would have been even worse.”

The following morning she made her way back out to look for the keys when she discovered a note saying that the keys had been handed in. Over the moon, Katie took the plunge and managed to get booked into a hotel until she was able to get to the tourist information centre to collect the keys.

Do you know the person who found Katie’s car key? Email sam.smedley@reachplc.com.

Katie said: ” I thought my body was going to give up on me it was hell. I’d had a magical day but it became an intense experience. I really want to find the people who handed my keys in I want to give them a hug and say thank you. I was crying down the phone to the tow company when I found out they had been found.

“I have learnt a lot from this experience especially, how much you need other people. If that person hadn’t helped I don’t know what I would have done.”

Katie, who is a make-up artist, is hoping to find the people who handed in the keys saying I can’t offer them much but I want to say thank you, give them a hug and would do their make-up for life.

  • 05:45, 13 OCT 2022