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Project rewards acts of kindness

Katie Moore, 23, (centre) enjoys an impromptu "party" thrown for her by The Kindness Offensive
Boris Johnson has described the awards as "inspirational"

Acts of kindness are being rewarded during a project running this weekend.

Members of the Kindness Offensive launched the Everyday Kindness Awards on Friday and will continue it throughout the weekend in London.

One the first 'winners' was Katie Moore who was given a medal and a fanfare for helping a lost tourist - who was in fact a member of the organisation.

The group said it created the awards "because it was about time that people got recognised for being kind".

The Kindness Offensive was formed a year ago by David Goodfellow, 30, James Hunter, 23, Benny Crane, 26, and Calum Teach, 29, all from London, who last year went to Parliament Hill to ask people what they could do for them.

'Appreciative' recipients

Since then they have given food to the homeless and asylum seekers, handed out toys to children, got a budding musician his first guitar and even arranged for an elderly lady to have a fridge.

Mr Goodfellow said: "We are doing the awards because we thought it was about time that people got recognised for being kind.

"We thought it was an opportunity to highlight how warm hearted people really are for no real reward, just to be kind."

He said those who had received a reward had been "stunned" but appreciative.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "This is a truly inspirational project that will brighten up the daily lives of so many Londoners."

Volunteers will be at Whiteley's shopping centre, in Bayswater, west London on Saturday afternoon and at the South Bank on Sunday.



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