Following on from the success of 2019’s inaugural event, the John Sykes Foundation are delighted to announce the return of Act of Kindness month this March.
We were overwhelmed with last year’s nominations, hearing the heart-warming stories from fellow members of our community, and were proud to be able to honour these seemingly ordinary people for their extraordinary kindness and selflessness.
Presented by Reading’s very own Danyl Johnson, who will return to present this year, he reflected on last year’s awards, “Without these people making a difference, a lot of people who need help wouldn’t be the same without them. Even better when they think they don’t deserve it, which makes them deserve it even more.”
Trustee of the John Sykes Foundation, Annabelle Sykes, added, “It was wonderful to see such a happy day with so many happy faces. We hope that the Act of Kindness awards inspire others to smile, love, and do what they can for others.”
Last year’s awards included Jason Thrower, a young man who goes above and beyond to help care for his younger brother who has Smith-Magenis Syndrome, ASD, ODD, and anxiety disorder. Jason was presented with a pair of tickets to the West End Show, School of Rock. Margaret Horne from Tilehurst was nominated by her friend for the kindness she shows everyday, and was delighted to receive her bouquet of flowers. A class of students and staff from the Tarrant Class of Brookfields SEN School were nominated by a colleague, who expressed how the class is staffed by the most amazing ladies who care for the children, but unfortunately do not get out as much as other classes at the school. The 8 staff were each presented with a gift box from Lush and the children enjoyed a visit from Therapy Dog Bali, who has now become a regular monthly visitor to the children.
This year will be bigger and better! We are looking for more people to share their experiences and nominate somebody brilliant. This can be for a single heroic act, someone who consistently works selflessly for others, or someone who has been having a tough time and needs cheering up. We would love to hear from you so we can say Thank You.
If you know someone that you think deserves a treat for their kindness, please send us an email to nominate them. Be sure to give us their details, a contact number for yourself, why your nominee deserves this recognition, and how you would like to say Thank You. This could simply be a bouquet of flowers, a spa treatment, or an outing such as a theatre trip or afternoon tea, for example. Please send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject Heading “Act of Kindness”.
Let’s make March a little brighter!