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Ripon couple receive well wishes from Ripon, Wisconsin following Facebook mix-up

Ripon couple receive well wishes from Ripon, Wisconsin following Facebook mix-up

Published by May Norman at 3:22pm 11th May 2020.

Facebook mix-up results in flowers and dinner for Ripon couple celebrating their wedding anniversary

  • A couple from Ripon have received well wishes and gifts from a community group in Ripon, America, thanks to Stray FM.
  • Members of a COVID-19 support group on Facebook saw a husband's plea for flowers for his wife of 57-years.
  • The message was posted in Ripon, Wisconsin group instead of Ripon, UK but residents in America wanted to do their bit and decided to arrange flowers and dinner to be sent to the couple.

A Ripon couple celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary have received flowers from across the pond, following a Facebook mix up.

Ivan - who's blind and didn't want to leave his home due to coronavirus - reached out to Stray FM, asking for help in getting a bouquet for his wife, Jean.

Our presenter Pete Egerton took to social media and posted a request in a Ripon COVID-19 support group.

However, it was for Ripon, Wisconsin - instead of Ripon, UK.

Having seen the post, Stephanie Prellwitz - from the American group - still wanted to help.

Pete spoke to Stephanie via zoom:

Presenter Pete called Ivan and Jean to deliver the news.

The couple were over the moon - with Jean moved to tears at the generosity and kindness of strangers.

Here's what happened when Pete revealed the mix-up to the pair: