Coronavirus Support April 2020

Coronavirus Support April 2020

We wanted to say a massive thank you to all our supporters. We have been doing our best to spread kindness throughout this pandemic, and will continue to do so.

Since the start of April, Acts has carried out 25 one off acts of kindness spending just under £2000, and are shopping regularly for 9 people who are isolated, but can afford the cost.

Here are a couple of stories:

  • A gentleman diagnosed with prostate cancer who lost his home and partner at the of end last year, is on minimum wage and has been told to go off sick He has just got a HA flat but has no furniture.  We have funded a washing machine for him.
  • A food voucher for a lady who was ‘in between’ jobs and her new contract was cancelled.
  • A laptop for a lady who needed to do virtual counselling for her mental health, and to stay connected with friends.  She is now one of our amazing volunteers helping us with shopping.
  • A lady in hospital on chemotherapy struggling with self- image received a pamper box to cheer up her day.
  • Asda vouchers for a Romanian family who are unable to work, or access benefits with limited English.  She is now helping us to support other families.
  • Shopping for a gentleman who has zero white blood cells due to his cancer treatment that has been stopped.  He is too scared to even go for a blood test.
  • Plugs and multi head phone chargers for Arrowe park hospital so patients who are rushed into hospital can stay connected with their loved ones
  • Amazon vouchers for the winners of a ‘best window’ competition in Hawarden

Next Steps

  • Working with local foodbanks, churches and councils to ensure people who need food and have no money can access it
  • Recruit more volunteers to do shopping trips for people isolating
  • Keep fundraising so the money doesn’t run out

So Thank you and keep spreading kindness 😊

Thanks again for your time! 

Refer someone to us for a little kindness!

Do you know anyone who would benefit from a bit of practical support or a small gift to help them on their way?

Toni continues to work with Acts to help spread kindness to her patients

Toni continues to work with Acts to help spread kindness to her patients

“I have used the Acts service multiple times over the last 12 months for patients under the care of our team.

The patients who have received an act of kindness have been in the last months of life and have been at a very low time of their lives. I will forever remember the smile on a 26 year olds face who was able to share something as small as having a pamper session with her sister for one last time before she passed away. This act of kindness enabled family members to have happy memories in a time of darkness. I have been privileged to be able to deliver these acts of kindness to many patients and hope to deliver them to many more. An act of kindness really can improve someone’s day.”

Toni Arrow Park Hospital

It’s been an honour to work with Toni in giving her a way of doing a good thing and make a small difference to the people in her care.

Sonia Acts

School Kindness Challenge

School Kindness Challenge

ACTS has worked with Queens Park High School to run a Kindness Awareness and Challenge day.  Pupils from year 7,8 and 9 spent a morning thinking and learning about kindness.  Each form were then challenged to come up with an act of kindness they would do with a small amount of cash.  Students and ACTS trustees judged, and the winners were funded the money to carry out their ideas:

Free fruit and water on a hot day in the summer

Carols and Cakes for local elderly people worth the hope of building more permanent relationships within the school community

Plans to plant and change the outdoor area in the spring to give students somewhere else to sit.

Filming from the day

Hospital Kindness Workshops

Hospital Kindness Workshops

Acts has worked with Clatterbridge Cancer centre, Macmillan and Arrow Park hospital to run kindness workshops for over 50 healthcare professionals.  It is hoping to deliver more in 2020.

Health Care Professionals have since carried out acts of kindness on the wards for people on long term treatment.

Helping out at a wedding

Helping out at a wedding

Following cancer treatment, Andy wanted to marry his fiance.  ACTS funded a wedding breakfast at Gretna Green for them and their two young boys

“A gap in treatment gave us a now or never opportunity to get married. However, with an extremely tight budget we were overwhelmed by the charities offer to pay for our wedding meal and simply can’t thank them enough  for supporting us to make memories that will last forever.”