Share natural acts of kindness
It's a tough time for everyone at the moment but, at times like these, small acts of kindness can make a big difference. Friday 8 May marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day and the end of the Second World War in Europe. Inspired by the community spirit of the VE Day street parties, we’re encouraging you to see how many people you can make smile this weekend by spreading joy with some natural acts of kindness.
We’ve come up with five ideas to inspire you, but you don’t have to stick to these. Helping others is a natural part of human nature so you many well have plenty of ideas of your own to help to put a smile on the face of your neighbour, friend or family member.
We’d love to find out what good deeds you’ve been up to. Share your pictures, creations and comments with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
This is the fifth weekend challenge for members and supporters. This challenge has been designed so that it can be done in your house or garden, so please take part from the comfort of your own home.
" I have crocheted some flowers and put them on green garden canes of differing lengths. I made some for my neighbour too."
" My husband looks forward to his treat day on Wednesday when I bake something nice … hot cross buns last week and a cream tea the week before."
Acts of kindness at our places
Keeping in touch
The team at Runnymede have been keeping in contact with volunteers by launching their ‘Phone a Friend’ scheme for those who want a bit of a chat.
Keeping wheels turning
Shortly after we closed Houghton Mill to visitors, we continued to mill flour for the village shop to help the local community, until we ran out of grain.
Stopping food waste
As we closed our cafés, tearooms and restaurants, we donated food that would have gone to waste, to help local hospitals, food banks and schools open for key workers.
Sharing our home grown produce
Fresh produce from our walled gardens are helping to top up community larders, including those popping up in old village phone boxes.
Thanks a bunch
The Courts Garden team put bunches of daffodils outside the garden for local people to take. We’re so grateful for everyone’s continuing support.