Anthony Nolan is the UK’s blood cancer charity. This year on October 10th, they launched their “Kindest of Stranger” Campaign, encouraging people to talk about what random acts of kindest they have done for strangers, or have had done for them. This is to raise awareness for the charity and the bone marrow register. You can follow the campaign on Twitter using #thankyoustranger
I remember when 7yo was a baby, and I had recently returned to work. It had been snowing that day, and more snow had settled since I had started work. Leaving late at night, in the dark and on icy roads, I was nervous to say the least driving home. Somehow, I left the car park easily and the drive didn’t appear to be that bad, until I got to the roundabout, and my car slid on some ice. I slid across the roundabout and honestly wasn’t sure if I was going to hit the central reservation, or whether I would avoid it.
Thankfully I managed to steer slowly to the road and continued on for a few more hundred yards before I stopped, physically shaking and unsure what to do next. Panic was freezing me and I couldn’t seem to will myself to continue the drive home. I was going to call Hubby when a car stopped next to me and a lovely lady asked if I was OK. She talked to me for a few minutes until she could see I was OK and left. She gave me the confidence to make the rest of the drive home. It wasn’t a long drive, and I was thankful for that. One stranger, a few minutes of her time and I was able to carry on. I couldn’t thank her enough for what she did for me in those moment. You just never know when you are going to need the help from someone.
Flipping the coin, at home we like to help out strangers by donating our old toys, clothes etc to charities that hopefully pass on our unwanted items to those less fortunate than ourselves. We don’t necessarily know the people we are helping, but that doesn’t matter. If someone can receive a little comfort from something we do then that’s all that matters.
My video tells a little more of my story of my experience of kindness of a stranger.