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Most people in England will be touched by the random acts of kindness that have followed the sudden death of Claire Squires who had almost completed The London Marathon when she fell dead. She was in her thirties and this was a completely unexpected happening as she was thought to be robust and healthy.
She was running in aid of The Samaritans, an organisation that helps people in despair talking through their problems on the phone.
She had chosne this charity because her younger brother had taken his life when he was only twenty five.
Claire had hoped to raise a few hundred pounds, but since her death, people have been donating to the cause, in memory and admiration of her and the sum in now running into thousands.
I was listening to our local radio station today and inspired by Claire, they were speaking about acts of kindness by strangers and some of the people who were ringing in had wonderful stories to tell. One man had donated a kidney to a perfect stranger who he would never meet and that unselfish act had made him feel a part of the larger picture of humanity and he felt happier.
This was only one of many stories that touched my heart.
I thought of all the horrible things that we are forced to hear on the media daily and I really wish that there was some way of having more of these acts of selflessness on the media to counteract the bad things that we are being bombarded with every time we switch on.
Yes there is still much kindness in the world but its a pity that it is not publicised more and that mostly it all goes unnoticed.
One of the little things I did do recently, though not anything near as important as giving a kidney, was to thank the man who helped me to get my bin emptied via the council. You can see the post I wrote about my on going problem here. I eventually was able to email the Council to ask them to thank this young man by name for his empathy, for listening to me rant with great patience and for effectively getting my garden waste emptied on the actual collection day. They replied that they would be passing on my message.
We must give credit where its due.