South Shields care home spreads some random acts of kindness


Kindness is contagious at Garden Hill Care Home, South Shields, where residents, staff members and visitors to the home have been spreading simple acts of kindness as part of a week long initiative to improve the lives of others.


The home has been participating in Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) week, a week-long celebration of kindness from the 12th – 18th February 2017. RAK week was founded in 1995 by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, a non profit group that believes in the power of spreading kindness in schools, communities and homes to help make the world a better place.


Since its inception, millions of celebrities, businesses, schools, and partners have participated in these weeklong celebrations.


As part of their own Random Acts of Kindness Week celebrations, the residents of Garden Hill decided to bake and decorate a cake to donate to local St Michaels Church for their coffee morning. The cake was dropped off by resident Lilly Burns, who celebrated her 101st birthday last month, and Activities Coordinator Sina Scott.


Residents of the home often attend the St Michaels for Church Services and their coffee morning so wanted to use the opportunity to give their thanks and appreciation.


Garden Hill, which provides residential and nursing care for 38 residents, also created a display of ‘kindness pledges’ in their reception area, made by people living, working or visiting the home, in hopes of inspiring others spread grand or simple acts of kindness of their own.


Among the pledges displayed include collecting a neighbors shopping for them, offering comfort and support to those in need, helping a struggling neighbor to carry in their shopping, and volunteering as an IT tutor for an elderly charity support group.


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