Previous Caudwell Children beneficiary Sebbie Hall wins UK’s KIND Hero Award 2023
A statue of previous Caudwell Children beneficiary, Sebbie Hall was unveiled on World Kindness Day. Nominated by the children’s charity for a KIND Hero award, the statue was revealed to Sebbie next to Tower Bridge in London, commemorates Sebbie’s fundraising work and celebrates his efforts to spread kindness every day along with his parents and patron of the Sebbie Hall Foundation Eddie Marsan.
Sebbie from Litchfield in Staffordshire, was born with a rare chromosome anomaly which affects only 80 individuals worldwide, causing him physical and communication difficulties. From the age of 8, Sebbie was supported by Caudwell Children for 10 years, where he attended Short Breaks sessions, helping him to build his confidence.
At just 17, Sebbie decided to put kindness first by completing ‘100 acts of kindness in 10 days’ during lockdown. Since then, his kindness has grown, performing random acts of kindness every day for the last 3 years.
Sebbie Hall now aged 20 said “Caudwell Children helped me a lot, now I’m big, I help others, I learnt to be kind.
“In lockdown I did 100 acts of kindness in 10 days, now I’ve done thousands.
“I do random acts of kindness to make people smile.”
In March 2022, together with his family, they set up The Sebbie Hall Kindness Foundation, which has seen donations to homeless charities, children’s homes and helping disadvantaged young people, changing their lives and putting a smile on over 3,000 people’s faces. The foundation aims to help to prevent people with disabilities from becoming socially isolated.
The nationwide search for the UK’s KIND Hero launched earlier this year by healthy snack bar brand, KIND. Over 500 people were nominated and after a stringent judging process, including selection by last year’s winner Jo Newby, Sebbie was chosen as the winner. The six-foot statue features Sebbie in a superhero cape and stance which is inspired by his motto ‘kindness is my superpower.’
Sam Wainwright, Senior Brand Manager at KIND Snacks said: “It warmed our hearts to see the sheer volume of people selflessly devoting their time and effort to fostering kindness in their communities through our search for the UK’s 2023 Kind Hero. The scale of impact delivered by all our entries was overwhelming.
“Sebbie’s story in particular highlights the importance of kindness and its transformative power in driving positive change for others. Sebbie is a shining example of the far-reaching impact that a long-term commitment to kindness can have and it’s a pleasure to honour him with a statue for World Kindness Day.”
The statue should be moving to The Hub in Lichfield in the near future.
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