BANISHING THE BLUES ON BLUE MONDAY
Last Monday, 15th January, marked ‘Blue Monday’ 2018. This is the day which, according to calculations based on factors like the weather and Christmas debts, is the most depressing of the year. On Monday, the weather in Richmond was particularly depressing with dark skies, heavy showers and a chill wind.
So, in order to cheer up people in Richmond town centre, Be Richmond organised entertainers to hand out sweets, give hugs and perform other random acts of kindness.
An early recipient of an act of kindness was Sarah Wickenden of East Twickenham, whose boxer dog had slipped its lead in The Quadrant close to busy traffic. The Be Richmond entertainers quickly secured the dog and reunited it with delighted mum Sarah, who gave her wholehearted approval to the Blue Monday activities:
“It’s been lovely” said Sarah “especially the good deed. The entertainers were knights in shining armour”.
Also impressed was Nina Khalil of West London who commented that the Blue Monday entertainers:
“Really cheered me up”
Lucy Temple-Smith of Haywards Heath who was in Richmond to look after her granddaughter said:
“It’s a great idea”.
Dennis Reynolds of Creswell Road, Richmond added:
“It’s been lovely and shows why Richmond is one of the nicest places to live”
Vivienne, a student at St Mary’s University enthused:
“I love it!”
Be Richmond Chairman, Erick Kervaon commented:
“At this time of year, with the bad weather and Christmas bills needing paying, it’s easy to feel down, even in a beautiful town like Richmond. We’re delighted to be able to offer a bit of cheer to residents, workers and visitors”