November 3, 2016

People United’s first 24hr Arts Marathon to inspire acts of kindness and raise money for community projects.

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Creative Champions from People United’s The Best of Us project opened the event on Saturday 29 October 2016

The People United team are catching up on some sleep after taking part in a 24-Hour Arts Marathon during which  we created a special zine celebrating kindness, and raised more than £2600 to support our work in communities.

People United staff and volunteers stayed up all day and night, learning new creative skills to produce the kindness zine as part of our 10-year anniversary celebrations. The event featured pottery, printmaking, poetry and even a routine from stand-up comedian Sam Brady.

During the day local families and friends popped in to help out and contribute to the zine as part of public drop-in sessions, sharing their thoughts on what kindness smells, feels, sounds and looks like. Ideas varied from smelling like chocolate, fresh cut grass and Mum; feeling like a big hug, a puppy and a warm bath; sounding like laughter, kissing and bird song; and looking like bubbles, my best friend and Dad.

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The public contributions were collected and sifted through by the Arts Marathon team to decide which ideas, words, images, quotations, etc would make it into the zine. At the end of November the zine will be distributed around Canterbury in shops, cafes, libraries and other community spaces.

Tina Corri, Chief Executive of People United, says:

‘We believe that being kind to one another is fundamental to making the world a better place, and that belief has been the driver behind all of our work during the past 10 years.

The 24-Hour Arts Marathon has been our first ever fundraising event of this kind and we’re thrilled that we’ve exceeded our £2500 target. This money will help us to deliver our mission to create more kind and caring communities through our projects in schools, neighbourhoods, care homes, hospitals and public spaces.

A massive thanks to everyone who’s donated, helped and taken part and to Arts Council England’s Evolve programme which will match every penny we’ve raised. If you still want to donate, you can do so online or via your mobile phone, just text ARTY24 £10 (or other amount) to 70070.’

A huge thank-you to everyone who volunteered, supported the event, visited us, donated and joined in online using the hashtag #24hrArts

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