Winners of Plates of Kindness Competition Announced
18th November 2020
In celebration of kindness across the county ACTion with Communities in Cumbria- the rural and community development charity for Cumbria - ran a creative kindness competition entitled ‘Plates of Kindness’ and the winners were announced on Friday 13th November – Kind Cumbria Day! The competition theme was inspired by the many selfless actions of Cumbrians during this particularly challenging year.
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria was overwhelmed by the creativity and kindness shown by the entrants and received over 100 heart-warming entries, from scrummy-looking penguin biscuits, chocolate cakes and vegetable faces; amusing poems and stories; odes to the NHS, key workers, best friends and distant family members; colourful 3D mobiles and mosaics; delicate sewing and intricate drawings. The judges were bowled over by the creativity and warmed by the stories of kindness.
Lorrainne Smyth, CEO at ACTion with Communities in Cumbria said “I am really pleased to see the range of thoughts and artistic approach to the Plates of Kindness competition. Well worth a visit to our Facebook page for a lift to your mood. The judging was very tough, but with so many kind ideas, it makes me smile, which after all, is what we were trying to achieve. We would like to extend a huge well done to everyone that took part and encourage you all to keep being kind!”
Winners and highly commended runners up were as follows:
Under 4 years:
First prize: Archie Neil, 2, Berrier - Trio of Tractors, giving farmers a helping hand.
Age 4 - 6 years:
First prize: Theo Aynsley, 6, Grasmere - Sowing Good Seeds.
Second prize: Thomas Clough, 5, Kirkoswald - Kindness on a plate.
Highly commended: Una Saunders, 6, Chapel Stile - Langdale Kindness; Conan Watters, 6, Tebay - Plates to be a Good Friend; William Brocklebank, 6, Walton - Penguin Biscuits.
Age 7 - 10 years:
First prize: Elwood Park, 8, St Bridget's School, Brigham - Rockin' Eli-funky; Adara Park, 7, St Bridget's School, Brigham - Every cloud has a silver lining....and a unicorn!; Grace, 9, Gosforth - Kindness Matters.
Highly commended: Katie James, 7, Tebay - Katie’s Kindness Chocolate Cake; Link Watters, 7, Tebay - Plates to be a Good Friend; Rosie Eccles, 7, Grange-over-Sands - From the Heart; Joss Wood, 8, Grange - Plate of kindness THANK YOU Key Workers; Esther Reynolds, 8, Renwick - Plates of Produce; Dylan Reid, 9, Barrow-in-Furness - Plate of Kindness.
Age 11 - 15 years:
First prize: Elissa Thompson, 11, Croftlands Junior School, Ulverston - Kindness Catcher.
Second prize: Yvie Rooney, 11, Croftlands Junior School, Ulverston - Time To Be Kind; Daniel Brocklebank, 13, Walton - 9 “Kindness” emoji plates.
Highly commended: William Reynolds, 11, Renwick - Plates of Produce; Mia Miller, 11, Croftlands Junior School, Ulverston - Kindness Costs Nothing But Means Everything; Caitlin Molyneux, 11, Croftlands Junior School, Ulverston - Kindness is a Gift Everyone Can Afford; Anna Brocklebank, 12, Walton - Decorated plate and cupcakes for friends.
Over 16 years:
First prize: Lauren Cuthell, 17, Portinscale - Throw Kindness Like Confetti.
Second prize: Laura Anderton, over 16, Ulverston - Shower The World In Kindness.
Highly commended: Mike Thompson, over 16, Barrow-in-Furness - Sign Language Plate.
The following schools and community groups were also highly praised for their contributions: Gaitsgill Community, Dalston; Croftlands Junior School, Ulverston; All Saints CE Primary School, Cockermouth; Sacred Heart Primary School, Barrow-in-Furness; Langdale C of E School; Bookwell Primary School, Egremont; and Moorfield Learning Centre, Barrow-in-Furness.
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria champions community issues, particularly in our rural areas where we know that a little kindness goes a long way. ACTion with Communities in Cumbria is committed to recognising kindness as one way to address social isolation and to build neighbourliness among people in the county, every day of the year. The ‘Kind Cumbria’ campaign and Kind Cumbria Day on November 13th celebrates the big and small acts of kindness of hundreds of people all year round.
‘Kind Cumbria’ is all about encouraging people to think about how to be kind to one another and in particular our neighbours – whether that be next door, in their local communities or at work. We want to create a wave of kindness and show that Cumbria is a really ‘kind’ place to live – the kindest in the UK!
‘Kind Cumbria’ is grateful to Cumbria County Council Public Health and Electricity North West recognising the value of kindness as a social good and for their sponsorship of the campaign in the early years. ACTion with Communities in Cumbria are also very grateful to Eden Project Communities for sponsoring competition prizes.