Yesterday, members of Brunel University and Uxbridge College joined together to volunteer in Uxbridge town centre for good deed day, raising money and carrying out spontaneous acts of kindness for the local community.

Throughout the day students were involved in numerous efforts to complete good deeds, including bucket collections, leafleting, bag-packing in Tesco, litter picking and engaging with the public about charities and community work. Some volunteers even offered free makeovers, hair styling and nail painting, while others served tea and coffee to passers by.

Within Uxbridge town centre, there was a lively, community atmosphere, seen by the great crowds which gathered to watch a variety of dance performances from the talented Uxbridge college students. The dancers were a great success and encouraged others to do their bit and donate to local charities, who are in need of funds to carry out the valuable jobs they do each day.

Good deed day was an excellent opportunity for people of all different ages and backgrounds to come together and unite for a great cause, and it provided an opportunity for Brunel students and Uxbridge College students to socialise together and with others.

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The Mayor of Hillingdon, Catherine Dann, was also present to see how the volunteers were making a positive impact within the community, and thanked them for their efforts.

We were part of the collection team, fundraising for Michael Sobell Hospice and for the Hillingdon Mayor’s charity. Michael Sobell, part of Mount Vernon Hospital, provides day-to-day care and support for those battling serious illnesses. It is made up of a dedicated team of workers who help not only the patients but their families and friends too, who are in need of emotional support. They also provide specialist rehabilitation and counselling.

The money fundraised for the hospice will go towards things such as therapy, physiotherapy and rehabilitation sessions, bereavement counselling and specialist care to those battling life limiting illnesses.

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The day was a great success, and we hope that it will encourage more people to volunteer and to take part in good deeds which will help to make a big impact on the lives of others.