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Oct 28

One hundred acts of Blackpool kindness

A quest to create 100 acts of kindness during November has been set up by Blackpool Fairness Commission, with anybody welcome to lend a hand.

Chair of the Commission, Dr Arif Rajpura, will get the campaign going with the first act of kindness – giving up his time to go digging with Groundwork’s community food growing scheme, ‘Grow Blackpool’.

Arif said: “The Fairness Commission is about levelling the playing field for Blackpool residents and making sure that everybody has a fair chance.

“That’s why I’m delighted that we are launching a campaign to do exactly that by helping people out.

“As the chair, I am delighted to start the campaign by carrying out my own act of kindness.

“Grow Blackpool do some great work encouraging people to grow their own food and eat healthily. As you can see with our first act, we are very literally rolling up our sleeves and getting stuck in to help out the community.

“We’re asking anybody who can, to lend a hand and help out a person or organisation that needs it. That could be donating food, giving advice or simply lending their time, anything that helps.”

Mike Crowther, Groundwork’s Programme Director for Communities, added: “We are really very pleased to support the 100 Acts of Kindness Campaign, an opportunity for everyone to do their bit to help other people.  We are very grateful to Dr Arif Rajpura for choosing our project for his kind act and we will, in turn, do something to help another Community Group in Blackpool.”

The campaign will run throughout November and anybody can get involved in asking for help or donating their time.

The campaign is tailored to create a ton of kind gestures to help others in Blackpool. It can be as big as cooking a meal for the homeless, to as small as helping an old lady with her shopping.

To apply to help, or be helped, simply contact fairness@blackpool.gov.uk or fill in one of the kindness pledges available at Municipal Buildings or Progress House.

An awards ceremony for everybody who helped will take place in December.