Somerset

More than 800 random acts of kindness completed by Somerset villagers

Acts of Random Kindness in Congresbury, North Somerset Image copyright Love Congresbury
Image caption Congresbury, near Bristol, launched its 800 acts of random kindness campaign in January to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the village church

More than 800 good deeds ranging from feeding a badger everyday to secretly paying a neighbour's vet bill have been recorded in a village in Somerset.

Congresbury, near Bristol, launched its 800 acts of kindness bid in January to mark the church's 800th anniversary.

Since then the 3,500 villagers have recorded 850 good deeds on cards posted into a box at St Andrew's Church.

Becci North, one of the organisers, said: "It just snowballed, absolutely snowballed - everyone's embraced it."

Image copyright Love Congresbury
Image caption Good deeds included giving clothes to someone sleeping rough, sending a card to someone feeling low, helping a stranger carry their shopping and looking after a friend's pet

The target of 800 acts of kindness was confirmed on Christmas Day when it was discovered the number of good deeds posted at the church had risen to 817.

Along with painting public benches, picking up litter and washing people's cars, good deeds included giving clothes to someone sleeping rough, sending a card to someone feeling low, helping a stranger carry their shopping and looking after a friend's pet.

One resident gave a ticket away for the midnight showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens to a friend, while another not only fed a badger everyday but left food for it when they went away.

'A friendly smile'

Ms North said it was a "testament to the whole village" that so many people of "all ages" had got involved in the campaign.

"In a world where there's so much doom and gloom in the news it's easy to miss a nice friendly smile or a stranger giving up their seat for you on a bus," she said.

"We've had three and four year olds putting in good deeds - helping friends put their socks on after gym class or walking a neighbour's dog because they were ill.

"The list just goes on and on. It's absolutely amazing and so many people have benefitted."

Image copyright Love Congresbury
Image caption The target of 800 random acts of kindness was met by Christmas Day, when a total of 817 good deeds had been posted anonymously at the church

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