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Random Acts of Kindness

Circle are giving you the chance to win £100 for your charity of choice (and another £100 for yourself!) all without spending a penny.

Find out more at the end of the article or on Circle's competition page.
Doesn’t it make you feel great when you do something kind for someone else? There’s nothing like a good deed to put a spring in your step and a smile on your face, as well as that of the person you’ve just helped out.

We’ve teamed up with Circle during Random Act of Kindness week and they’re giving you the awesome chance to donate money to your favourite charity, without you spending a penny. And if you win, there’s a nifty £100 in it for you too!

But the kindness doesn’t have to stop there, we’ve thought of eleven ways to make someone’s day that little bit nicer.

1. Hide a kind note in a library book

Studying can get a little tedious at the best of times so why not write a nice note and hide it in the pages of a well-thumbed text book for the next user to find.

2. Cook a full English for a housemate who has had a big night out

If your housemate is feeling a bit under the weather, why not cook them a big breakfast to brighten their day.

3. Leave your favourite book in the canteen, lecture hall or on a bus

If you love reading, just think how nice it would be to leave your favourite book lying around for someone else to enjoy when they have a few spare moments.

4. Bake a cake or cookies for your housemates

Your friends will definitely thank you if they return from lectures to find a delicious tray of brownies waiting to be devoured with a cup of tea.

5. Stick random post-it notes around your halls of residence

Write encouraging and inspiring messages on post-its and plaster them around your halls while everyone else is still sleeping.

6. Make a break up playlist for your friend

Break ups are rubbish there’s no two ways around it. But you can help your friend’s suffering by making them a cracking playlist to cheer them up.

7. Tape some change to a vending machine

Stick an envelope to a machine with some change inside and maybe a note saying: “Enjoy something on me!” for the next person who comes along.

8. Draw up a crib sheet for a classmate who’s struggling

If you know some who is finding a particular topic tough, create some revision cards with the main points on or better still, sit down with them for an hour or two and help them go over it.

9. Take pictures of your friends, create a digital album and share it with them

Upload your favourite photos of your friends to a free photo sharing site and create albums you can share with them online.

10. Volunteer at a soup kitchen

Help someone in need during your spare time. You will probably meet some interesting people along the way!

11. Donate blood

A decision to donate blood can save a life. Register as a blood donor and help someone in need today.

How do I get involved with Circle?


Download Circle Pay for iOS or Android.


‘Request Money’ from [email protected]. Choose an amount up to ₤100 (₤99.77? ₤91.29? ₤86.14?) and tell us your chosen charity in the message section. Time to be clever - you've got to be the only person to request that amount in order to win!


If you request the highest unique amount then Circle will donate ₤100 directly to your charity and will drop ₤100 into your Circle account.

Don’t forgot to share the love! Comment with your own Random Act of Kindness stories below…