A ‘real life superwoman’ who went viral after being filmed pushing a dairy lorry up an icy hill in has been rewarded with a year’s supply of free milk.
Charlene Leslie, 33, was videoed single-handedly helping the massive Graham’s HGV up a snow-covered street in Cowdenbeath, Fife, in blizzard conditions during Storm Darcy on Tuesday.
The mum-of-three said she can’t believe all the attention she has received after footage of her heroics was posted online, adding: ‘I just wanted to help.’
But the dairy firm has now gifted Charlene, from Cowdenbeath, a year of free products as a ‘heartfelt thank you’.
Dr Robert Graham Snr, chairman of Graham’s The Family Dairy, said: ‘When I saw the video of Charlene pushing one of our artic lorries up a steep hill singlehandedly, I couldn’t believe it.’
He added: ‘Charlene’s intentions were incredibly kind.
‘She not only made our family, farmers and colleagues smile, but clearly captured the hearts of thousands of people across the world who also watched her help others, without a thought for her own safety.
‘Although she is a real-life superwoman, for health and safety reasons we must advise others not to follow her actions.’
Dr Robert Graham Snr and Charlene Leslie (Picture: Graham’s The Family Dairy/SWNS)
Charlene was heading to the local shops with daughter Rihanna, 10 and Hunter, two, when she saw the Grahams lorry in trouble and asked a neighbour to watch her children as she rushed to help out.
She said: ‘In the moment I wasn’t really thinking about me, I just wanted to help. A load of people were trying to push a car up the hill when I noticed the Graham’s truck coming behind it.
‘Its front wheels were spinning, and it was stuck from all the snow. My neighbour appeared, so I asked her to watch the kids and the dog while I pushed it from the back.
Charlene was videoed single-handedly helping the massive HGV up a snow-covered street (Picture: Fife Jammer Locations)
‘Eventually it made it safely to the top. I cannot believe all the attention I am getting for what I did.
‘I simply believe that it is your duty to help others if they are in trouble. It was lovely to meet Mr Graham as I’m a huge fan of the family farming brand and their products.
‘I really didn’t help out to receive anything in return, but I am absolutely delighted at their offer of free Graham’s dairy products for a year.’
Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected].
For more stories like this, check our news page.