Mother and daughter leave secret gifts in random act of kindness during lockdown
[Feb. 3, 2021: Paige Freshwater & Jonathan Coles]
A mother and daughter have been brightening people's days during the pandemic by leaving gifts and cheerful messages around their local area.
Becca Stennett and Lily, nine, place their creations - usually consisting of a crochet decoration and a few kind words - in different spots while walking in North East Lincolnshire.
The gifts are then picked up by other residents out walking, some of whom have described the acts as "lovely", reports Grimsby Live.
Becca came up with the idea after finding a 'Random Acts of Crochet Kindness' group on Facebook - and just decided to "give it a go".
She said: "I've always been someone that's happy to help others and during lockdown that’s the least we can do.
"I thought these little creations might just bring a smile to someone."
Becca taught herself to crochet by watching YouTube videos in May last year and has since joined various groups on social media.
She added: "I was searching Facebook for crochet groups for help, advice, tips and patterns.
"I came across the Random Acts of Crochet Kindness group and just thought I'd give it a go.
"I placed the first during the summer and they've been mostly been around Scartho.
"But a couple of others have been at Cleethorpes Country Park and a little further a field in Binbrook and Wold Newton when we've been out walking."
Inspired by her mum’s kindness, daughter Lily has recently joined in and began creating her own artwork using Aquabeads.
One of her most recent creations – a cat wearing a blue dress - was gifted alongside her mum’s crochet decoration.
This was picked up by Margaret Tregunno when enjoying a walk in Scartho last week.
She said: "I found the crochet, cat and message on a Sunday walk around Scartho village.
"I don’t know who created it.
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"It was a lovely gesture to find but I left it for another person to find.
"It brought a happy smile and lifted my well being up in the act of kindness.
"I did pop back to the place on Monday and it was gone."
Becca has been struggling to find time to place her gifts recently, especially around work, schooling and her other volunteering commitments.
She added: "We have to squeeze walks in when we can. We still have a couple more to leave before I make some more.
"I'm sure there are a few other people out there that do the same, and maybe hide more than we do."