Call for kind acts to spread happiness

Chesterfield Christian Education Council 'Acts of Random Kindness Lauch. Stephan Eddas, Debbie Lodge and Peter Cornell provide their first act of kindness by washing the Mayor's car.
Chesterfield Christian Education Council 'Acts of Random Kindness Lauch. Stephan Eddas, Debbie Lodge and Peter Cornell provide their first act of kindness by washing the Mayor's car.
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“KINDNESS can be catching”.

And hoping it spreads like wildfire are the big-hearted organisers behind a week of doing random good acts.

From buying a coffee for a stranger, or helping an elderly neighbour, Christian Education Chesterfield is inviting everyone to do their bit and make someone smile from next Sunday May 22.

The Derbyshire Times has also teamed up with the appeal – and is publishing acts of random kindess sent in.

“We can’t wait to read people’s ideas and particularly their experiences of others’ reactions,” said Chris Townsend, secretary of the historic Procession of Witness walk also organised by Christian Education Chesterfield.

“If somebody surprises you with an act of kindness you’re more likely to be in a good mood with the next person – it’s a snowball effect.

“Kindness can be catching.”

The week of acts of random kindess, also known as the global ARK movement, takes place a week before the procession or Whit Walk, on Monday May 30.

For more on this story, and tips on getting started, see next week’s Derbyshire Times.

Our office is planning its own random acts of kindness event – and we want to hear yours!

Email the story of what you did and its reaction to comment@derbyshiretimes.co.uk.

ellen.beardmore@derbyshiretimes.co.uk.