29 August 2018
In an age of fake news, negativity and seemingly endless political upheaval, it’s refreshing, to say the least, to read the Independent’s Happy List 2018.
The tenth annual list is published in conjunction with JustGiving. It’s an incredible counterbalance for the innumerable rich lists out there. Instead of looking beyond monetary gain, corporate success and follower counts, the list acknowledges those making a real, selfless difference to our country.
These are truly people to celebrate. Invariably success looks different to everyone but when you really consider it, what brings the most value in life? The answer is simple. It isn’t money or fame; it’s making a positive, lasting impact on those around you.
Making a difference in the community
Read about 10-year-old George Mathias’ charity Run With George, for example. He runs a mile for each month his brother James his lived to give thanks to the hospital that saved him. He has raised more than £750,000 so far.
It’s not just about raising money, though. Manchester’s Emily Coxhead set up the Happy Newspaper to spread positive news, in juxtaposition to the mainstream media. The volunteer-led programme shares motivational, fun news in ‘a newspaper to celebrate all that’s good in the world’.
I also particularly loved reading of 86-year-old Dilys Price OBE. Dilys became a Guinness World Record holder as the oldest female skydiver, She has jumped more than 1,000 times and raising huge sums for charity.
The list comes as a timely reminder of the positivity in the world and of the incredible people right on our doorstep. Whilst the news and internet may be filled with stories of doom and gloom, you only need to open your eyes to see the incredible impact people are really having on the world around us.
Looking closer to home, it’s wonderful to see the team here at UKFast going above and beyond to support the community. We’ve had volunteers lending a hand to the Seashell Trust, to The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust and gaming charity Everyone Can. As a business owner, there is nothing more rewarding than giving back and seeing your team inspired to help those around them.
Take a look at the Happy List. I hope it inspires you to do more good in your community, I know it’s certainly inspired me.