Bereaved son Jason Bassett makes a 500-mile round trip to lay a wreath on his dad’s memorial every Christmas.

But when pandemic travel restrictions made this year’s pilgrimage to the Midlands impossible, Jason took to social media to seek help.

The 30-year-old from Dumfries was inundated with offers - including from a woman who lives just five minutes away from his dad’s resting place.

Jason with dad John whose memorial plot is in Solihull

Coincidentally the woman faces a similar problem as she lives in the Midlands but her mum is buried in Moffat, just 30 minutes away from Jason's home.

So the pair have agreed to visit the plots of their respective parents this festive season.

Dad-of-one Jason said: “This Christmas will be different, but it doesn’t have to be any less special - and perhaps this incredible story is the true meaning of Christmas.”

Jason has made the trip to Solihull, near Birmingham, every year since dad John Bassett's death in 2013 from lung cancer, aged 65.

He said: “It’s a pilgrimage I make every year to place a holly wreath on his ashes memorial plot in Robin Hood Cemetery, but this year I can’t because of Covid.”

Jason will lay a wreath at the grace of the woman's mum in Moffat

This year’s trip with wife Lisa, also 30, would have been extra special as the first Christmas visit with ten-month-old son Arlo.

Jason, a funeral director with Jardine Funeral Directors, posted on Facebook in the hope someone could help.

He said: “I have been inundated with messages from people willing to help. One lady who walks her dog every morning whilst visiting a family member in the cemetery has said that she will tidy the plot and place a holly wreath on my behalf.

“Incredibly, she has now gone one step further and said that she will continue to maintain the area throughout the coming year, because she was so touched by the number of messages the post has created.

“Many other people who visit the cemetery at Christmas will also visit my Dad. How wonderful it is to know that so many people are willing to take time to visit someone they don’t even know.”

But then came the message from a woman in Solihull whose mum is buried just half-an-hour up the road from Jason in Moffat.

Jason said: “So, this Christmas I will be visiting her mum and she will be visiting my dad.”

He added: “It has made me think that there may be lots of families in a similar situation and perhaps this Christmas time we can reach out to one another.”

Jardine Funeral Directors business manager Ruth Jardine told how Jason’s Facebook post has reached 100,000 people.

She said: “I think it’s going global. One lady in South Australia even replied.

"Obviously we can’t have memorial services or congregate at the moment but wouldn’t it be great to have a minute’s silence on Christmas Day to remember loved ones.”