BBC's The One Show shares the story of Wakefield woman gifted box of presents from Canada after Facebook mix up

A Wakefield woman whose Facebook mix up saw her gifted a box of treats from Canada - and a group of new, international friends - has told her story on the BBC's One Show.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 2:50 pm

When Sue Perry joined a local Facebook group, she could not have imagined that she would soon have a group of new friends from half way around the world - and international media attention.

Hoping to get rid of a few old items, Sue, from Crofton, joined a group dedicated to buying and selling across the city.

But after noticing a surprising number of posts offering skiing equipment, she checked the group name and realised she had accidentally joined a Facebook group for Wakefield Canada - more than 3,200 miles away.

She said: "I started having a look and the things that were on offer were skis and skiing bags, and lots of warm clothing.

“I thought I’d never seen anything like this before in Wakefield, so I went back and realised what I’d done.

“I put up a post saying ‘I’ve joined the wrong one, I’m in Wakefield, UK!’

“And I thought that would be it.”

A Wakefield woman whose Facebook mix up saw her gifted a box of treats from Canada - and a group of new, international friends - is set to tell her story on the BBC's One Show. Sue Perry is seen with her box of gifts from Wakefield, QC.

But the residents of Wakefield, Canada, were so enthralled by Sue’s mistake that they continued to engage with her Facebook post.

After a few weeks, local resident Scott Milton Grace suggested organising a care package of local items to send to Sue, to show her what she was missing out on.

And dozens of people quickly got involved, offering everything from food and drink to local photography books, clothes and even a copy of the town’s annual nude calendar.

Also included in the box was a letter and selection of gifts to be delivered to Wakefield’s Mayor, councillor Charlie Keith.

Residents in Wakefield, Quebec, spent $245 to send the box of presents to Sue, and included a message on the outside of the package which read: "The spirit of love and kindness is alive and well in the heart of human kind."

Sue said: “It was a continuous trickle of people saying they’d like to add things. Scott had the box in his office and it quickly filled up. And then it came to me. It’s just absolutely wonderful.

“It cost them $245 to send it, but when there was no more room for anything to go in the box people gave money towards the postage.”

Since Sue's story was first published in the Express last month, it has been picked up by new outlets across the world, including the Canadian Broadcasting Company.

And the story of the spectacular mix up is now set to be shared with millions of people across the UK - as it is told to viewers of the BBC's One Show.

Since Sue's story was first published in the Express last month, it has been picked up by new outlets across the world, including the Canadian Broadcasting Company. Pictured is a colouring book from Wakefield, Canada, which was included in the box of presents.

Crews from the TV show came to film in the city earlier this month, as they helped Sue prepare a box of local gifts to send back to her new friends in Canada.

Filmed at locations across the city, the episode will seek to celebrate the best that Wakefield has to offer, including The Hepworth Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and National Coal Mining Museum.

The segment aired on The One Show on Monday and is now available to view on BBC iPlayer.