Acts of kindness that inspire
Today, unexpected acts of kindness can be so rare, they easily go viral across social media and make international headlines. But being selfless and offering a helping hand, is one of the most fulfilling things a person can do. Here’s five examples of inspirationally kind acts:
1 Pub donates Valentine’s profits to charity
Every year for Valentine’s Day, The Drapers Arms in Islington, London, donates 100 per cent of their takings to Refuge, a charity that supports women and children against domestic violence.
2 London Underground sign cheers up commuters
One grey November morning in 2013, an unexpected sign at Earl’s Court station brightened the rush hour for many passengers. Instead of an update on transport delays or closures, the message read: "You… yes you. The one reading this. You are beautiful, kind, sweet, amazing and simply the best at being you. Never forget that."
3 Strangers celebrate widow’s 100th birthday
The power of social media helped make Winnie’s 100th birthday very special. Winnie, who was widowed with no children, had very little contact with the outside world. Her carers appealed for cards and letters for her big day in May 2015, and after the BBC posted it on their Facebook page, it was shared 42,000 times on the social network, seen by six million people and received thousands of responses from across the world.
Birthday cards from David Cameron and the actor Dustin Hoffman were among the 16,000 sent to Winnie, while gifts included 100 pink roses, a stay in a hotel, a locket, fish and chips, pizza, personalised perfume and a limousine ride.
4 Stray dogs stay safe and warm in Greece
After dark, a café in Greece opens its doors to some furry customers. The Hot Spot gives stray dogs a home for the night so they don’t freeze to death outside. A Facebook post showing a picture of several sleeping dogs curled up on the eatery’s sofas has been liked nearly 600,000 times and shared by 310,000 people.
5 Generous stranger pays hospital parking fine
Back in February the Daily Mirror reported of Good Samaritan who left Mairi Holden cash to pay a parking ticket slapped on her car while she was in hospital with her sick son.
Mairi left the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh to find two fines on her Honda Jazz.
Under one, she found £25 in cash wrapped in a handwritten note which simply read: ‘Pay it then forget it happened!’
These are just a few examples of how a simple act of kindness can have a huge impact on others.
We know all our charities and fundraisers love raising money for the causes they support and would love to hear about any of the acts of kindness that inspired your challenges.