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June web watch – stories of human kindness from around the internet


June 2017 was blighted in Britain by terrorism. Eight people were killed in an attack by Jihadists in the London Bridge area, and ten worshippers were injured outside the Finsbury Park mosque when a British man drove a van into a crowd. The month also saw one of the most devastating blazes in the capital when 80 people died in the Grenfell Tower fire.

And with the US pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement and the war causing the refugee crisis continuing apace we can be forgiven for a certain amount of despondency about the world we live in. But our mission at Kudofeed is to find uplifting stories, and June provided many examples of kindness and bravery.

We found some amazing people such as Sephton Henry was once one of south London’s most notorious gang members. He started selling drugs at the age of eight, and had been to prison seven times by the time he was 23. But he realised his life was spiralling out of control and decided to make a change. Sephton now works with charity Gangsline, which helps young people and community staff to tackle gang culture.

Natalie Crawford was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 28 and, as a result, lost her breasts, ovaries and hair. Natalie now offers free makeovers to other women living with cancer.

“It’s those major things that make you a woman, that are getting taken away from you one by one,” said Natalie. “To have your make-up done, even just for a day, just makes you feel a little bit normal,” said the 28-year-old.

We also met a globetrotting hairdresser  Joshua Coombes who, armed with a scissors makes a positive impact by giving haircuts to homeless people he meets on city streets, connecting with them on a human level and sharing their stories on social media with the #DoSomethingForNothing hashtag. So far he has cut the hair of hundreds of homeless people, including a few women.

You can also find Joshua on Twitter

A dustbin man in Bogota in Colombia, BBC News reported, who had only a primary school education, has gathered a library of more than 20,000 thrown away books. The collection began 20 years ago, when Jose Alberto Gutierrez fished out a discarded copy of Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina.

He now offers his books to other people as a free community library.

The Independent reported on a 10 year old boy who has invented a device to prevent babies dying in hot cars. Bishop, from McKinney, a town 30 miles north of Dallas, told Fox News he has submitted a patent for his invention, which should be approved this year.

The story proves that people are never too young to be amazing.

In other news we heard about a rooftop garden designed to help improve mental health, homeless dads who got pampered with pedicures and manicures for fathers’ day, and a police dog who was fired from his job for being too friendly.

Yes, many bad things happened in June, but there are many, many more stories of good, kind people and events to be found if you look for them.

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