(A surprised Katie Moore, 23, (centre) enjoys an impromptu ‘party’ thrown for her by The Kindness Offensive on London’s Southbank)
Help a stranger and you could find yourself rewarded this weekend – as one woman found out after she gave directions to a lost tourist.
The man was actually just pretending to be lost at the South Bank and Katie Moore’s help earned her an impromptu party.
Members of the Kindness Offensive surprised Miss Moore, 23, with a medal, flowers and balloons to thank her for being nice to a stranger.
The group was formed a year ago by David Goodfellow, 30, James Hunter, 23, Benny Crane, 26, and Calum Teach, 29, all from London, who went to Parliament Hill to ask people what they could do for them.
Since then they have given food to the homeless and asylum seekers, handed out toys to children, got a budding musician his first guitar and even arranged for an elderly lady to have a fridge.
Mr Goodfellow said: “We are doing the awards because we thought it was about time that people got recognised for being kind.
“We thought it was an opportunity to highlight how warm hearted people really are for no real reward, just to be kind.”
He said those who had received a reward today had been “stunned” but appreciative.
London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “This is a truly inspirational project that will brighten up the daily lives of so many Londoners.”
The Kindness Offensive, who are supported by finance firm ING Direct, launched the Everyday Kindness Awards today and will continue them throughout the weekend.
Volunteers will be at Whiteley’s shopping centre, in Bayswater, tomorrow afternoon and at the South Bank on Sunday.