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The power of kindness

Today my five-year-old daughter had her waist-length hair cut to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital here in London. I’d like to say thank you to my clients, friends and contacts who have supported her through sponsorship.

Regular readers of my blog will know one of my three-year-old twin sons had a heart operation exactly four months ago today at GOSH to correct his rare congenital heart defect. This is her way of saying thank you for fixing his heart.

Sixteen weeks ago today was one of the scariest days of our lives as we prayed for a positive outcome. Thanks to the skills and expertise of our wonderful NHS, he has a bright future and a new lease of life as they successfully corrected it. He can even keep up with his twin now.

One of our family values is kindness and I’m so thrilled to see Miss M’s kindness in action through her words and deeds today. I’m a very proud mummy.

Thank you
Thank you to everyone who has supported Miss M. She has raised £2145, which has far exceeded our expectations. Having experienced first-hand the difference donations make to the hospital, we know they will use it well. For example, being able to stay in accommodation a few minutes walk away while our son was in the cardiac intensive care unit made the world of difference.

Her hair will be posted to the Little Princess Trust charity tomorrow, all 12″ of it! They use donated hair to make wigs for children who have lost their own hair due to illness.

I’ve been very emotional today remembering the difference kindness made to us four months ago to help us get through his operation. The hospital Chaplain went out of her way to provide a balm to a raw situation and soothed us through kindness and compassion while we waited to know the outcome of his time in theatre.

“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted” ~ Aesop

What can you do today to demonstrate the power of kindness? I guarantee you the results and impact are amazing.

So thank you. Thank you for demonstrating to her the power of kindness in supporting a little girl who is being kind herself. Her fundraising page is still open.

Rachel

Rachel Miller

First published on the All Things IC blog 12 April 2018.

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