Make a difference Complete a 7 day sunshine challenge
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Happiness is like jam,
you can't spread even a little,
without getting some on yourself
NOEL FITZPATRICK - SUPERVET
Help spread a little sunshine
in someone else's life today
Hi my name’s Kelly Williams
I’m really lucky, I live in a beautiful little Yorkshire village called Wilsden, where I am also the local Postie. It never was the plan if I’m being honest. I went to university, had a riot for four years and somehow ended up leaving with a law degree! I never knew what I wanted to do career wise, I wanted to travel and that was that. So that’s what I did. Over the years I’ve spent a fair bit of time living out of a rucksack. India, Nepal most of southeast Asia, I’ve lived in Sydney, travelled across South America and lived in Peru where I did a similar but smaller event for a school and raised some money for English books for the whole school and the foundations to build some new classrooms. It was during these trips that I was able to experience so many different and exciting cultures and meet some of the most beautiful, inspiring people to ever walk this earth. My perceptions on life, of how people live whether through choice or not has changed and been shaped over the years. One thing that I’ve learnt is that it’s the simple things that bring people the most happiness in life, and brings people together, wherever you are from, this language is universal. Laughing with friends, people helping each other, smiling at one another. Communities filled with love, respect and compassion. Seeing human nature in all its forms and all its glory. Maybe that’s where the inspiration for this idea has come from… who knows.
So helping Sol is the reason I came up with the idea of 26 marathons in 26 days. I knew I had to come up with something big in order to get people’s attention and encourage people to donate. £60,000 is a heck of a lot of money and to raise such an amount would need an exciting, fun idea that everyone could relate to and get involved with on different levels. So me being me then starting think about why I was doing this, why helping others is a good thing, why it would be really cool if I could use this idea to encourage others to act.
I think that my job as a Postie is also part of this reason why #spreadalittlesunshine is so important to me. I feel my job is more than just delivering letters. My days are spent smiling… at everyone, saying “good morning”, giving dogs treats (so they don’t bite you), taking bins out… taking bins in. My other duties over the years have included fixing vacuum cleaners, giving hugs, and finding keys in numerous front doors that have been forgotten. I’ve called a few ambulances and stopped not one but two houses from burning down, one with five cats in it! But my saddest yet also loveliest memory was putting my dear old friend Bob, who was dying of cancer, in an ambulance on his final journey, I locked his front door, handed him his keys and said goodbye with a hug.
Small but beautiful acts of kindness can make a difference. Thank you in advance for your support and your kindness. Xxx