January 2018 saw the launch of HuffPost UK: HumanKind – a section devoted to kindness and giving back. Since then we’ve reported on hundreds of people who’ve done incredible things – from the couple building wheelchairs for disabled animals to the doctor who soothed a crying baby while running a busy hospital ward all so the baby’s mum could have some much-needed tests.
But among the most heartwarming stories have been the children who have done amazing things to help others. From the little girl who asked people to donate to charity instead of buying her birthday presents to those getting creative to help homeless people, here are some of the kindest kids we’ve come across in 2018.
The Little Girl Who Donated All Her Birthday Money To Help Animals
For her fourth birthday, all Olive wanted was money to donate to a local animal charity. And the youngster from Whitstable, Kent, ended up raising £90, which she hand-delivered with pride.
“Olive said she had lots of lovely toys at home already and she didn’t need any more,” her mum Jade Kay, 32, told HuffPost UK in January. “Being only just four and having this compassion and empathy makes me a very proud mumma.”
Read Olive’s story here.
The Boy Paralysed By A Rare Virus Who Helped Other Kids In Hospital
McKenzie Brackley from Leven, Fife, was two when he contracted enterovirus – a rare illness which caused nerve damage in his neck and left him paralysed to the point where he couldn’t even breathe by himself. He was in intensive care for three months and remained in hospital for a further 13 months during which time he had to learn to breathe, swallow, walk and talk again.
But the ordeal has never stopped him from being kind. His mum told HuffPost UK: “There was a little girl in there with…