Rachel has launched a new award to recognise everyday acts of kindness which often go unnoticed.

The Act of Kindness Awards will shine a light on the good deeds which take place in Redditch every single day.

Whether its volunteering for a local charity, raising money for a good cause, or simply helping a friend, family member or neighbour in need, Redditch is full of kind-hearted people who are always willing to help.

The awards have been inspired by 7 year-old Esmee Allured from Redditch. Over Christmas, Esmee collected hundreds of toys to give out to local children who might otherwise not have had presents. She also sold £150 of her own toys and gave the money to a local charity to buy meals for people in need.

In recognition of her acts of kindness, Esmee was the town’s first winner of the Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award.

If it hadn’t been for Esmee’s mum emailing Rachel, her daughter’s efforts would never have received the recognition and praise she deserved.

“I have been inspired by Esmee’s acts of kindness, and I want to do more to recognise the everyday acts of kindness which often go unnoticed and unrecognised,” Rachel said.

“I’ve therefore launched my very own Act of Kindness Awards where every month I will shine a light on the good deeds which take place in Redditch every single day.

“If there is someone you believe should be recognised then please visit my website where you can nominate them for an Act of Kindness Award.

“I look forward to hearing from you and shining a light on everyday acts of kindness.”

Residents can nominate individuals or groups for an Act of Kindness Award by completing the nomination form on Rachel’s website by visiting www.rachelmaclean.uk/act-of-kindness-awards/

Each month throughout the year, Acts of Kindness Award winners will receive a certificate from Rachel, as well as featuring on her website and on Rachel’s social media channels.