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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

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The UK will see living rooms and bedrooms spring up in public spaces this Saturday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 'uprising of kindness'.

On 1 February 1954, Abbe Pierre, founder of the homelessness charity Emmaus, broadcast an appeal on Radio Luxembourg that asked the French people to help those living on the streets of Paris.

His appeal was driven by the previous night's death of a woman who had frozen on the capital city's streets while clutching an eviction notice in her hand.

The French public responded by donating more than 500 million francs, as well as blankets, stoves and other items.

The event marked the beginning of Emmaus, an international movement which now spans 37 countries supporting people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion.

At the town centre events tomorrow, members of the British public will be asked to pledge their own personal act of kindness to celebrate the anniversary of the news broadcast.

Emmaus chief executive Arvinda Gohil said: “The actions of one man in 1954 led to the creation of a worldwide movement. We hope people will be inspired by this and take action on 1 February with their own acts of kindness. Even the smallest acts can have a huge impact on the lives of others.

“Those looking for inspiration could consider getting involved with their local Emmaus community, by volunteering or even just donating household items they no longer need. Whatever it is you pledge to do, I hope you feel inspired by our uprising of kindness.”

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