Commuters passing through Stockport Railway Station were in for a huge surprise this morning when residents from our homes gave out flowers, sweets, handmade giftbags and artwork featuring uplifting messages of positivity – all to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day!
Each year on February 17th, Random Acts of Kindness Day is marked by individuals, groups, and organisations across the world to encourage acts of kindness. Being kind to others is known to have lasting effects on mental and physical health and has been proven to be contagious.
Karen Grimshaw, Avanti West Coast Station Manager at Stockport said: “We were delighted to welcome Borough Care’s Stockport residents to the station on Random Acts of Kindness Day to spread some cheer to passengers. We have seen lots of smiles and hope it will inspire others to carry out simple gestures as they can make a big difference to someone’s day.”
Residents spent the week planning the activation with one goal in mind – to spread and inspire kindness. With the help of their wonderful ALFs, together they handed out tokens of kindness to over one hundred delighted and surprised commuters!
Joyce Burns (above) is a resident from Silverdale. She handed out individual bunches of tulips to passengers passing through the station, and said, ‘What a smashing day. I loved making so many people smile, especially a little girl who I gave a bunch of flowers to. She was so surprised and happy.’