Paying It Forward #bekindalways - Kirsty Leahy 

Hiya, I’m Kirsty from KLP Kirsty Leahy productions. It’s my new company and I am very excited about launching this after 17 years in full time radio. I specialise in voice overs, event planning and hosting, motivational speaking and empowerment for young people, djing in bars, private parties, celebrations, conferences, garden parties and now online and virtually!


I first met David a few years ago whilst working for a radio station. We were at a scheme called Young Enterprise which supports our up and coming ‘entrepreneurs of the future’ at Banbury’s local market and I was hosting a live outside broadcast supporting the event with David as one of the judges.


The following year, I was drumming up support for my Thirsty Kirsty charity beer campaign, David supported my quest and helped me to reach my target to buy a puppy to be trained for what was formerly known as Dogs for the Disabled, now Dogs for Good.


During lockdown, my fellow director’s and I at Visit Banbury CIC had been wracking our brains on our weekly Zoom meeting to try and come up with an idea to help our community.


After a couple of socials and brainstorming sessions, the Banbury Circle of Kindness was born. The idea is that kind financial donors who haven’t been hit as hard by Covid19, offers a donation of £100.00 upwards, we then identify a local organisation who needs something like art packs and puzzles for elderly people, possibly personal care products or goodies for NHS staff and key/front line workers or something for ‘looked after children' too and with the support of Banbury BID we’ll identify local businesses who need support and who have products which can be included. It’s a win win!


We all know how the high street and indie shops have been struggling. It’s essentially the backbone in every community. So if donors can ‘kindly’ help one of our organisations AND a local and/or indie business at the same time, how bloody great is that with everything going on in the world at the moment. The world needs more love and kindness and at Visit Banbury CIC we are so happy to be a part of it. We are all about promoting positive vibes in our town along with collaboration with like minded people, so when Jo from the BID in Banbury got wind of our initiative, she naturally jumped onboard!


So, once we have a donor, and identified a local organisation, the donors pay the business directly for a bulk purchase and the business sends the items to the organisation.


Visit Banbury CIC and Banbury BID want to make this transaction very simple and so the new ShopAppy platform for Banbury https://shopappy.com/banbury/ will be used for the donors to pay the business directly and then the deliveries will be made via the new service provided by Carriage Company.


We know many amazing organisations are doing incredible work right on the front line and we cannot dream to emulate that, but we can do what we always have and that is connect various groups, support local community-based organisations and businesses and work with partners like Banbury BID to help spread some kindness.


I’d like to say thanks so much to all of our donors so far, including David who agreed to take part in BBC Oxford South today to help promote Banbury’s Circle of Kindness after just smashing out a 10k run!


If you would like to get in touch with Kirsty, follow her on twitter @kirstyleahy

FB @kirstyleahyproductions or Instagram @Kirstyontheradio.

Banbury Circle of Kindness #bekindalways #banburycircleofkindness


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