Touching moment blind diner is given a ‘happy birthday’ message written in braille using chocolate dots by staff at Gino D’Acampo’s London restaurant
- Blind musician, Natalie Te Paa from New Zealand, has 43,000 TikTok followers
- She celebrated her birthday at celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo’s London eatery
- Kind staff at the restaurant provided a special cake with a thoughtful message
- They spelt out the words ‘Happy Birthday’ in braille using melted chocolate
A blind musician has revealed how kind restaurant staff moved her to tears when they spelled out the words ‘Happy Birthday’ in braille on a plate, using melted chocolate.
Natalie Te Paa, a singer-songwriter originally from Auckland, New Zealand who lives in the UK, received the touching gesture while on a birthday night out with a friend at Luciano, Gino D’Acampo’s London restaurant.
Natalie’s friend filmed the birthday girl as she discovered the treat in a touching video that has been viewed more than 11million times and received 3.2million likes.
Natalie Te Paa, a blind singer/songwriter from Auckland, was presented with the ‘happy birthday’ message in Braille by staff at Luciano by Gino D’Acampo in London
Sharing the video on Instagram, Natalie wrote: ‘To the entire team at Luciano by Gino D’Acampo, you moved us to tears last night! Thank you for going above and beyond to make me feel special on my birthday. Love, Natalie.’
The video shows waiting staff carry the cake over to Natalie’s table. Placing a plate on the table, the waiter says: ‘We wanted to wish you a happy birthday.’
Natalie’s friend guides Natalie’s hand to the plate. The musician then runs her fingers over the words.
As she realises what the chef has written on the plate, she says: ‘No freaking way. They did not. Are you kidding me? You guys are amazing! Oh my gosh! Are you kidding me?! That is insane! Thank you so much!’
The singer/songwriter said the sweet message from restaurant staff proved that ‘despite how broken the world is right now, true kindness still exists’
Celebrity chef wished Natalie a happy birthday, after she shared a video of staff at his London restaurant creating her a special happy birthday message in Braille
The video also shows the beaming faces of the waiting staff, who seem delighted that the surprise has made such a positive impact.
Captioning the video, Natalie wrote: ‘So I’m totally blind, and this is the moment I realised the lengths the restaurant staff went to in order to wish me a happy birthday.
‘They had the chef write “happy birthday” in Braille using melted chocolate. So take heart, despite how broken the world is right now, true kindness still exists.’
Many of the Natalie’s followers were moved to comment on the touching video, including celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo himself, who said: ‘Happy Birthday Bella! We are so glad you had a good time.’
The moment has gone viral on TikTok with viewers saying they were left in tears (pictured)
Another Instagram user wrote: ‘This show of extreme kindness warmed my soul inside and out.
‘How refreshing to know that with all this craziness going on in this world today, kindness prevailed itself.
‘And when you least expected. Kudos to the chef and the restaurant as well. Happy of the happiest birthday to you Natalie.’
One more added: ‘The energy from this is so refreshing.
‘It’s beautiful that you are sharing this moment with us and providing us with the energy.’