As part of Kindness Day on Friday 10th June we have shortlisted 5 celebrities and 5 members of the public who have performed random acts of kindness. We need YOU to help us choose one celebrity and one member of the public from the list below to receive a Kindness Day Award 2016! All you have to do is vote for one person from each list below by Tuesday 7th June!
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cast your vote for our 2016 kindness day awards
After receiving over 100 entries for our 2016 #KindnessDay Awards, our judging panel has shortlisted 5 outstanding people who have gone above and beyond to perform a random act of kindness. Vote for the act/s you think are the kindest.
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SHORTLISTED 2016 KINDNESS DAY AWARD NOMINATIONS
For two years Jodie, aged 12, has given up time in her holidays and on top of her studies to raise money to support The Alexander Devine Children's Hospice. Jodie started last year working on her own, then with a small group of friends to build up to having the confidence this year to stand in front of her 830 peers and share her vision. Jodie has raised more than £300 in toys for the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Children’s Ward at Christmas and more than £400 in cash for the charity, all from her own hard work. Her nominator describes her as leading by example, for example by baking over 70 cakes for a cake sale to raise money, and encouraging others to get involved.
Nicholas is 9 and champions for everyone to celebrate their differences and to be proud of who they are. Nicholas has experienced bullying due to some facial scarring he had following an operation to remove a pre-cancerous birth mark called Giant Congenital Melanocytic Nevus. He uses this experience to inspire others to embrace who they are and celebrate both inner and outer beauty. After winning a self-portrait competition,a picture of Nicholas with his self-portrait now features on Kinder chocolate bar packaging. Nicholas has also done a lot of charity work including supporting Weston Hospice and Macmillian and doing the Race for Life 2016 to raise money. Nicholas’s nominator describes him as someone who has a big heart for the whole community (including animals) and sticks up for anyone, whether they be young or old.
Jackie works at a care home and during her time off from work can often be found accompanying patients to the local pub so they don’t feel institutionalised at a time when they could feel isolated and vulnerable. Jackie is also the Chair of the Parent Teacher Association of a school and works tirelessly to help enrich the lives of all the children at the school, including directing funding towards activities which inspire the children such as inviting authors in to speak. Her nominator describes Jackie as a woman who embodies kindness and not a day goes by when she doesn’t demonstrate kindness to someone. For example on the Queen’s Birthday she bought ice creams for all students and staff out of her own pocket.
Danny is 13. Danny lost him Mum to a long term illness just before his twelfth Birthday and moved in to live with his uncle, aunt and cousins. On his Birthday he received a number of cards with a few pounds in them. Danny wanted to share his Birthday money with the family who had welcomed him into their home. He organised a family night and bought everyone a Chinese take away with his Birthday money so they could spend time together. Danny attends a weekly youth group and always looks out for other young people, especially those who have been bullied or have experienced bereavement. Danny’s nominator describes him as wonderfully kind and quiet who has amazing empathy for others.
Samantha is 8 years old. Sam goes out of her way to include her friend in the class who has moderate SEN needs. Sam always helps her friend with their work and always makes sure they are included in the games she plays. She shares resources with her class, plays with everyone and is always happy. Sam is described as a special girl and a very good friend who is patient caring, understanding and would do anything for anyone!
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shortlisted 2016 kindest celebrity acts
We have shortlisted 5 celebrities from the UK who have all performed a random act of kindness. Read more below, and vote for the celebrity act you think is the kindest and should win the #KindnessDay Celebrity Award.
You only have one vote so make it count! Don't forget to also vote for the kindest act by members of the public above...
Whilst walking through London, former Manchester United player David Beckham came across a London Ambulance Service paramedic helping an elderly gentleman who had fallen in the street. It was a cold day and the paramedic was trying to keep the gentleman warm before the ambulance arrived. David Beckham said hello to the pair, got in his car and moments later came back with a hot drink for each of them.
The Tope Project aims to combat loneliness and isolation amongst young people who have left the care system. The project was set up after 23 year old Tope, who was formerly in care, committed suicide. For the third year running, owner of SBTV Jamal Edwards spent his third Christmas with the young people involved in the project, saying on his Twitter account ‘on a day like this it’s important to think of those less fortunate too’.
Florence WELCH (FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE)
After Indie Rock Band, Florence and the Machine learned that a 15 year old girl was unable to attend their concert due to health problems the band decide to take their concert to her bedside. The day after finishing their concert, the band travelled to Hospice Austin's Christopher House and performed a surprise gig to the girl and other patients at the hospice.
After Cassidy’s family were all killed in a shooting in Texas, she found great comfort in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter film, including quoting a line from a character in the book, Albus Dumbledore at her family’s memorial service. Following an online campaign and learning of this story, author JK Rowling sent Cassidy a letter in the voice of Dumbledore, an acceptance letter to Hogwarts, a wand and a signed book.
In March, singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran decided to raise money for a number of charities near his hometown by donating his whole wardrobe to a number of charity shops, including the outfits he took to the Grammy Awards. He even provided stickers to help customers to identify his clothes and Tweeted about his donation on his Twitter account. The sales of the clothes raised more than £4,000 for the St Elizabeth Hospice charity shop.