682. Hannah Whitehead
Hannah Whitehead, from Oxford, is the founder of ‘Good Deed Dating’, pioneering a new approach to dating which blends good deeds with great dates.
Former charity worker Hannah coordinates volunteering events for single people giving them the opportunity to meet likeminded companions while giving something back to their community.
Good Deed Dating has four aims; to get more people volunteering, support the work of charity partners, do hundreds of good deeds and to spread love.
Singles meet in a big group so don’t face any of the pressure and awkwardness that can be experienced when dating and, if romance doesn’t blossom, they still know they made a difference.
Daters have volunteered with charities including the Teenage Cancer Trust, The London Wildlife Trust and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
On Valentine’s Day evening Good Deed daters have the option of working together to run a pop up restaurant in aid of the ‘Be Enriched’ charity or volunteering at a Valentine’s charity ball for the ‘Blurt Foundation’.
In a personal letter to Hannah, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“‘Good Deed Dating’ is a brilliantly inventive way of supporting people to get involved in some fantastic causes. By giving people a fun and sociable way to take part in charity events, you are enthusing a whole new group of people with a passion for volunteering.”
“I feel incredibly honoured to win this award, it means the world to have our work at Good Deed Dating recognised in this way. My aim has always been to get more people involved in their community through volunteering, and when we can spread a bit of love in the process then that’s even better! I think the world needs more good deeds and I love the fact that I’ve found a way to make it easier for people to give back. There are so many people who have helped me get Good Deed Dating to where it is today and I share this award with all of you. Thank you so much.”
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