How a little kindness can go a long way
Ever had one of those days when nothing’s going right, then a kind word from a friend, or someone handing you a cup of tea, just seems to lift your spirits?
In our hometown of Bristol, people walking through a park had their mornings cheered up no end when they spotted beautiful posies of fresh flowers tied to branches, railings and benches, accompanied by the words ‘help yourself’. It was the work of Beks Vera Harhat, a florist known for unexpected simple acts of kindness like this. Why does she do it? No reason. Just because she can.
Here are 5 more amazing random acts of kindness from people whose actions inspire us all to be kind every day.
A stranger’s generosity
When Cara Grace’s mum received a terminal diagnosis, she looked to alternative therapies and decided to buy her mum a certain well-known nutrition extractor. Not able to afford a new model, she searched online and found a used one for sale in London.
She asked if the seller would post the item to Belfast, explaining why she wanted it. She was astounded when the man offered to send it to her absolutely free. But the story doesn’t end there…. later that day she received another message saying he’d ordered and paid for a brand new one and all she had to do was pick it up!
Cara was completely overwhelmed that a total stranger would be so kind but the man simply said, “Don’t say thanks to me. In fact thanks to you for giving me this opportunity.”
The busy bee lady
Jean Bishop is one amazing lady. She might be 93, but that doesn’t stop her from dressing up in her distinctive bee costume to raise money for Age UK. She’s well known for shaking her tin at the local shopping centre in Hull and has already raised over £100,000. Now her aim is to double it!
Her relentless efforts were recognised at the Pride of Britain Awards in 2013. She’s even met David Cameron. But what Jean loves most is meeting the general public. When asked for the secret of her success, she just says, “Smile and be happy.” We can learn a lot from Jean.
A big lift for London cyclist
A London man felt the full force of people’s kindness when he was knocked off his unicycle and trapped under a bus. The incident occurred in Walthamstow, East London as everyone was going about their daily business.
As soon as the incident happened, people rushed from nearby cafés and shops and passengers got off the bus to see what they could do to help.
Incredibly, the group worked together and somehow managed to lift the bus and free the cyclist who was later taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition. And the unsung heroes of the hour all went their separate ways.
Look out. Here comes Spiderman
Don’t be surprised if you spot Spiderman on the streets of Birmingham. A 20-year old barman, who doesn’t want to be named, has come to the rescue of the city’s homeless.
A few nights a week, he puts on his disguise and armed with sandwiches, feeds the hungry and homeless people he encounters on the streets.
When asked why he’s spending his own time and money to help the homeless he said, “…I believe that we need to look at everyone as humans and help each other the same as we would a close friend.” Wise words.
Mum’s the word
A young mum was so touched she almost cried when a stranger on a train, praised her for being a good parent and gave her £5 to buy herself a drink.
Sammie Welch was travelling with her young son, Rylan. Because the train was busy, she made her little boy sit on her lap so another passenger could have a seat.
As she left the train, a man passed her the money and a note that read: “Have a drink on me. You are a credit to your generation, polite and teaching the little boy good manners. Have a lovely evening.” Sammie was so moved by this act of generosity, she put out an appeal to find her anonymous benefactor. Wonder if she’s found him yet.
If you know any quiet heroes out there helping others or if you’ve been touched by a random act of kindness, we’d love you to share your stories with us. Or read our article 20 simple acts of kindness for more inspiration.
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