A Watford-based charity, Small Acts of Kindness, have donated over 3,000 gift bags to lonely, elderly and vulnerable residents across Hertfordshire throughout the pandemic.
This has led to the charity’s CEO, Lynne Misner, receiving a Hero of Hertfordshire certificate from the Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, which she has said she is honoured to have received.
Lynne started the charity back in 2015 when her boiler stopped working with no immediate fix available, making her realise that the days of cold and misery she endured is what many elderly people who are lonely can endure eon a daily basis.
This made her start to create Warm in Winter gift bags to donate and started to hand them out with the help of local care organisations.
From this idea, Small Acts of Kindness began, and they have certainly done their bit throughout the pandemic to further protect vulnerable people.
Speaking to WatfordNews, Lynne said: “When lockdown began we thought how could we help the older generation across the country, we wanted to give them the additional support they needed due to the loneliness and isolation they will feel, and show them that somebody does care for them.
“I think its really invaluable to be able to do what we do, it also highlights how strong the community has come together during this time and that we have been able to make a huge difference.”
The gift bags, that have been donated via other organisations or with the support from Watford General Hospital and Hemel Hempstead hospital contain items such as blankets, hot drinks, chocolate and playing cards.
On receiving a Hero of Hertfordshire certificate, Lynne added: “It is always really lovely to know that you can make a different to people’s lives. Our planning now is to get back for our normal work. We have a fantastic volunteer management team.
“There is no denying that funding is extremely important for us and people can get involved by donating, support us on our website and at the moment we are particularly keen to source more hot drinks to include in the packages.”
To support Lynne and Small Acts of Kindness, head to their website at smallactsofkindness.co.uk