500 Acts Of Kindness

Just had a chat with the lovely Julie Hesmondhalgh, trying to pin her down for a date for 'An Audience With at the Brewery Tap', Old Glossop, but as you may imagine Julie has a full diary and we've decided best bet is to try and slip in a late-notice event, so all those people who put your hands up, watch this space. Julie said, 'I was out walking near Glossop and someone asked, 'When are you coming to The Tap?' Word of mouth in these parts, you can't beat it. Anyway, Julie wants to talk about a Charity Facebook Page she launched. '500 Acts of Kindness.'

“It’s a brilliant idea but it’s not mine. Joe Sims, the actor in Broadchurch, set up the first of these groups called 500 Reasons. That is a very slickly run organisation and they give out £500 a week.

“I was part of that group and I was a pain in the arse because I kept nominating people. So Joe said ‘why don’t you set up your own’. So I did. That was two years ago.”

The group has grown and grown and this year has given away just over £40,000. But the need during lockdown is increasing.

“Several of our members work either in social care or social housing so we get a lot of nominations via them which is absolutely brilliant, straight from the frontline so we’re helping people who are really struggling.

“The absolute joy of it is that people can’t believe it when we give them money. This week we helped one organisation and three individuals. One was a single dad who had split up from the mum and his son was coming to visit him for the weekend. He had no money for electricity, no credit on his phone and he’d gone without food all week. So we gave him the money to pay his electricity bill with something over to treat his son.'

Please give the page a like and join up if you can, 500 Acts of Kindness. Woody

Julie officially opening The 22, in 2018, myself and Roger Needham's installation tribute to the Arena bomb victims.

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