Mysterious kind messages at Orcombe Point cause social media sensation in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 12:43 26 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:35 26 July 2018

A mysterious collection of heart-warming messages on feather-shaped shards of wood have appeared at Orcombe Point. Pictures: Lee Bottomley

A mysterious collection of heart-warming messages on feather-shaped shards of wood have appeared at Orcombe Point. Pictures: Lee Bottomley

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A mysterious collection of heart-warming messages on feather-shaped shards of wood have appeared at Orcombe Point sparking a social media sensation in Exmouth.

Orcombe Point. Picture: Lee BottomleyOrcombe Point. Picture: Lee Bottomley

Lee Bottomley was ‘taken aback’ on Tuesday when a Facebook post he shared showing pictures of an unusual installation at Orcombe Point, received hundreds of positive reactions.

A series of carved wooden ‘feathers’ have been hung using string, each carrying a different message of kindness and support, or helpline number for a mental health charity.

The anonymous display of kindness has sparked widespread support from strangers all over Exmouth who have seen it.

Orcombe Point. Picture: Lee BottomleyOrcombe Point. Picture: Lee Bottomley

Lee said: “I normally walk from Sandy Bay to Exmouth, but it caught my eye because I thought it was razor clams.

“I thought it was amazing and beautiful. A lot of people have commented that if it helps one person it’s had a massive impact.”

One of the messages reads: “It may be stormy now, but remember it never rains forever. Xxx”

Picture: Lee BottomleyPicture: Lee Bottomley

Another says: “At any moment the decision you make can change the course of your life forever. Please make the decision to call somebody and life will get better than it feels today.”

Lee, who lives in Yeovil and has two children aged 11 and 14, says he would like to see the idea used in other places along the coast path.

He said: “I think everyone should talk; I personally think it helps just to chat to someone and I think that’s whether you’re a man or woman.

Picture: Lee BottomleyPicture: Lee Bottomley

“Sometimes people don’t like to chat but as you can see from those signs there is always someone to talk to.”

The mystery message has struck a chord in Exmouth; many have spoken out to express sympathy and support for its sentiments.

One person who saw the messages commented that they provided ‘very positive messages to people in crisis’.

Picture: Lee BottomleyPicture: Lee Bottomley

Another passer-by said: “What an incredible idea. If it offers even one person that branch of support in their darkest hour then it’s done its job.

“It’s a comfort to know there are people out there ready to support those who need it. You never know when that person could be you.”

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