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IT is Random Acts Of Kindness Day on Friday, which celebrates and encourages a selfless act to brighten up somebody’s day.

Samantha Yule and Nick McGrath got in the spirit in York city centre and London’s Oxford Street.

Here’s what happened

Give a hug: Julian Saunders, 26, from York, aka Sigebert the Viking, from the city’s Jorvik Viking Centre visitor attraction, was delighted.

He said: “I haven’t had a hug in a while. Not everyone is a hugger but I am — and I loved it.”

Take someone’s photo: We took a snap for Brazilian tourists Karoline Rocha, 31, a make-up artist, and her partner, Jonathan Soares, 31, a driver.


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Karoline said: “Thank you so much. I would have felt embarrassed to ask someone. We will keep this picture and remember your kindness.”

Helping new parents: We helped writer Joe Cawthorne and his wife Sarah, 33, a waitress, from Rotherham, with three-month-old Seth up a steep flight of stairs in York.

Sarah said: “It costs nothing to be kind. And I find that being kind makes you feel nice too.”

Give a bunch of flowers: Mihaela Corniciuc, 30, a beauty therapist from London, loved her daffodils.

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She said: “Thank you, that’s very kind of you. Every day I try my best to be kind to people by giving them a smile or a hug or doing something positive that can change people’s day for the better, so it’s nice to receive kindness."

Give a box of chocolates: OAP Jenny Jobburns was on a day trip to York when we gave her chocs.

Flabbergasted, she said: “Nobody gives you anything for nothing these days.

Thank you so much.” Wellbeing consultant Kate Davies, 42, from London, said: “At work I will tell everyone what you did, so that positivity will spread.”

Buy a drink for the person behind you in the queue: York Uni students Faye McManus, from Surrey, and Sophie Harwood-Smith, from The Wirral, both 20, were shocked to be told we would pay for their hot chocolates at Cocoa Joe’s.

Faye said: “It is lovely that there has been thought for another human you know nothing about.”

Treat a child to a toy: Toddler Wilson Cann was visiting York with his grandparents, Paul 69, and Gill Cann, 66. Paul, from Stokesley, North Yorks, said: “His face is a picture. He loves it. Thank you so much. There is no limit to the amount of kindness you can show.”

Be kind to a dog: Denise, 59, and Tony Williams, 61, from York, were thrilled when we stroked their border terrier Alfie.

Denise said: “We thought you were trying to sell us something. This was much better.”

Give the gift of wine: Ecstatic mum Alinda Barua, 42, an architect from London, said after getting a bottle of prosecco:

“That’s made me feel very fuzzy and warm inside. And when I’ve drunk it, I’ll feel even fuzzier and warmer. It makes me want to do something kind too.”

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Help a homeless person: We bought Damien Goudy, 38, from York, a Burger King meal.

Damien, who ended up down on his luck after losing his job, said: “I really appreciate it. People seem to be rushing so much they don’t see their surroundings. If they did they might end up being a little kinder.”

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