Lichfield teenager combats loneliness with acts of kindness

When schools closed in March due to coronavirus, Sebbie Hall, 17, from Whittington, Staffordshire, found an incredible way to keep himself busy: by performing random acts of kindness within his community to help others feel supported and less lonely. Sebbie, who ‘has a rare chromosome anomaly which has resulted in low muscle tone and speech problems, has helped more than 300 people with his acts of kindness.’ 

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This is Staffordshire’s story of gratitude for Sebbie and his random acts of kindness that have put a smile on the faces of locals within his community.  

In an interview with the BBC, the teenager’s mother, Ashley Hall explained: ‘Sebbie wanted to speak to one of his friends via Zoom and he couldn’t understand when I had to explain this particular young person didn’t have access to the internet, they haven’t got a tablet, Sebbie said “well this person will be lonely”.’  

From there, Sebbie set out to raise money for various charities in order to help others during the pandemic. He has currently raised over £3,500 via his Just Giving page which ‘will be split between two charities who support young disabled people and those with learning needs.’  

His aim wasn’t just to raise money, but to simply bring smiles to people’s faces with acts of kindness including washing cars, watering gardens, handing out Nice biscuits to strangers and even using his own pocket money ‘to take a pot of money to car parks in Lichfield for people who may have forgotten their change and did the same at a laundrette, leaving the owner “in tears”.’ 

Imagine if we all took a leaf out of Sebbie’s book and dedicated some of our time to altruistic acts of kindness such as helping a neighbor their stopping or putting some of our loose change in a charity collection box. A small act of kindness can go a long way to those who need it most.  

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