Little boy who sent his late father a birthday card charms viewers
4th December 2018

‘I wanted dad to have something to read’: Little boy told by Royal Mail his birthday card for his late father had been ‘safely delivered’ after he addressed it to him in heaven melts hearts on This Morning

  • Teri Copland and her son Jase Hyndman, seven, appeared on ITV’s This Morning
  • Mum-of-two shared the heartwarming response her son got from the Royal Mail
  • Jase had asked the postman to deliver a letter to his late father ‘in heaven’ 
  • Local postman had written to tell him the card had been delivered safely 

A seven-year-old boy who sent a birthday card to his late father so that he had ‘something to read in heaven’ charmed This Morning viewers as he shared his heartwarming story.

Jase Hyndman, who lost his dad, James, in 2014 after his sudden death aged only 28, told how he often wrote letters to him with his sister Nieve, 10, but this year decided to send a card.

In a now viral post, mum-of-two Teri Copland, from Bathgate in Scotland, shared how her son scrawled a note to the postman asking him to make sure his late father  got his card.

Ten days later they received a letter from the Royal Mail telling them how the postman had navigated ‘stars and other galactic objects’ to get the ‘important item of mail’ to his dad.

During the family’s appearance on the ITV daytime show, Jase explained: ‘I never usually send dad cards, we usually give him flowers to put on his grave, so I wanted him to actually read something and posted the birthday card.’

Moved viewers took to Twitter to praise Royal Mail for the gesture, calling it a ‘beautiful story’, and Jase a ‘lovely wee boy’. 

Jase Hyndman, seven, pulled at the heartstrings of This Morning viewers after he recalled the moment he received a letter from the Royal Mail telling him they had safely delivered a birthday card to his late father in heaven 

He lost his dad, James (pictured), in 2014 after his sudden death aged only 28, and would often wrote letters to him with his younger sister Nieve, but this year decided to sent a card

Jase had written on an envelope asking the postman to give it to his dad in heaven (pictured), but the family never expected a response

Viewers said the This Morning moment was very emotional and that they were crying over Jase’s heartwarming story 

One viewer said they were prepared for such emotion so early in the morning, as another said: ‘Already crying at #ThisMorning, what a beautiful story and such a special act from @royalmail that’s clearly made that little boy unbelievably happy.’

‘Aw got so emotional watching that, what a lovely wee boy, your dad would be proud,’ said another.

‘Completely in bits @thismorning #BirthdayCard to dad in heaven there are beautiful souls,’ one said.


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Teri said after reading the letter out on the programme, that she hadn’t expected the post to be shared so widely, chuckling as she said she’d only done it to thank their local post man Shaun who lived five minutes down the road.

‘[Royal Mail] just restore your faith in humanity. Shaun didn’t have to do this the fact that he went to such an effort it was just lovely.

‘It was funny, I just wanted to thank the post man, but now I’ve had mail from Japan… He only lives five minutes down the road.’  

Teri Copland joined her son Jase in the studio, where she read the response from the Royal Mail during the show and explained how she had received mail from as far as Japan 

Phillip Schofield was on hand to dish out presents to the youngster encouraging him to open his gift which was a POP! toy figure and troll 

On the envelope Jase had written: ‘Mr Postman can you take this to heaven for my dad’s birthday thanks.’ 

Jase told This Morning presenters that when he received the letter back from the Royal Mail he was shocked as he didn’t expect a response but said it made him ‘really happy’. 

The ITV show team also presented Jase with two wrapped presents, one for him and one for his sister, Phillip encouraged him to open his which was a troll toy.     

The response had been written by Assistant Delivery Office Manager Sam Millgan, the letter which read: ‘I just wanted to take the opportunity to contact you about how we succeeded in the delivery of your letter to your dad in heaven. 

Seven-year-old Jase, second from left, asked the postman to deliver to a letter to his father James, far left, ‘in heaven’. James died suddenly in 2014 aged 28. Pictured, Jase with his mother Teri, father James and sister Nieve in a family photograph

The Royal Mail told Jase that his letter had been delivered safely (pictured), though the postman had to move past ‘stars and other galactic objects’ to get to his dad

Teri thanked the Royal Mail in a Facebook post (pictured) which has now gone viral, receiving over 12,000 comments and 69,000 shares

‘This was a difficult challenge avoiding stars and other galactic objects en route to heaven.

‘However please be assured that this particular important item of mail has been delivered. Royal Mail’s priority is to get out customers’ mail delivered safely.

‘I know how how important your mail is to you. I will continue to do all I can to ensure delivery to heaven safely.’

Teri, who is also mum to Nieve, 10, shared pictures of the heartwarming response on Facebook, thanking the Royal Mail for responding.

She said: ‘I actually cannot state how emotional he is knowing his dad got his card… you didn’t have to make the effort to do this you could have just ignored it but the fact that yous have made the effort for a little boy you’ve never met is such a lovely thing to do.

Teri Copland (middle), from Bathgate, Scotland, revealed that her son Jase, seven, (left) had received a response from the Royal Mail after he asked them to deliver a letter to his late father in heaven

ROYAL MAIL’S RESPONSE IN FULL

Dear Jase,

While we’ve been delivering your post, we became aware of some concerns.  So I just wanted to take this opportunity to contact you about how we succeeded in the delivery of your letter to your dad in heaven.

This was a difficult challenge avoiding stars and other galactic objects en route to heaven.

‘However please be assured that this particular important item of mail has been delivered. Royal Mail’s priority is to get out customers’ mail delivered safely.

‘I know how how important your mail is to you. I will continue to do all I can to ensure delivery to heaven safely.’

Yours sincerely,

 Sam Millgan

Assistant Delivery Office Manager 

‘Royal Mail you’ve just restored my faith in humanity and thank you it honestly means the world to him please share this so all the staff at Royal Mail know just how greatful we are. thanks and merry Christmas x [sic].’

Her post has since gone viral, receiving over 12,000 comments and 69,000 shares on Facebook. 

The seven-year-old told his mum Teri Copland, he wanted to send a card because ‘everyone should get a card on their birthday, even if they don’t get a present’. 

Teri said: ‘He was an amazing dad with such a great character.

‘Jase remembers his dad and is very like him in personality. He loves looking at his pictures and reading the stories his dad’s friends have written in a memory book.’

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