THE Darlington & Stockton Times has joined forces with North Yorkshire County Council to launch a new kindness movement for 2020, highlighting the many good deeds that take place across the county every day.

Salt of the Earth aims to celebrate those who go out of their way to help others, and showcase the impact their efforts have on individuals and the wider community with the aim of inspiring others to follow suit.

Cllr Carl Les, leader of North Yorkshire County Council, said: “North Yorkshire is held dear to the hearts of many around the world for its warm welcome and strong sense of community spirit.

“We are celebrating those values and our culture by showcasing how acts of kindness, great or small, have a huge impact on our people and places.

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“Whether it’s walking a dog for someone who loves the companionship of their pet but can’t exercise them anymore – or picking up a bit of extra shopping for a neighbour who can’t get out – we know these acts help make our communities really special.”

Richard Flinton, the council's chief executive, said: “We know that North Yorkshire folk are intrinsically kind and we are moved by the really positive impact that generosity has on the lives of people across the county on a daily basis.

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“But we also know that sometimes things can get in the way of people feeling empowered to help, even when they really want to. So we hope that by hearing about the experiences of others we can help overcome some of those worries or barriers.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Newsquest to pay tribute to the people of North Yorkshire and to help inspire even more acts of kindness.”

Hannah Chapman, editor of the Darlington & Stockton Times, said: "There are so many acts of kindness going on in our communities every day.

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"Most are done for no reward, but we want to shout about these efforts, and see others join this Salt of the Earth movement to change all our lives for the better."

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