A CHARITY has presented awards to those who have performed an act of kindness to celebrate positivity and happiness.

The John Sykes Foundation announced their Acts of Kindness month, which celebrates peoples who selflessly do something to make someone's life a little bit better.

Annabelle Sykes, trustee of the John Sykes Foundation, said: "It is wonderful to see such a happy day with so many happy faces.

"We hope that the Act of Kindness Awards will inspire others to smile, love and do what they can for others."

The awards were presented to each of the nominees and they shared their touching stories at the event.

Jason Thrower, Reading University Student:

Jason Thrower, a 19-year-old, was nominated by his mum for his support while caring for his younger brother, who has Smith-Magenis Syndrome, ASD, ODD and anxiety.

As well as this, Jason volunteers and raises funds for his brother's special needs school in Woodley.

The caring student was awarded a pair of tickets to School of Rock at the West End.

Brookfields School:

A class of students and staff were nominated by a colleague because the team show 'so much love and care' for the students, but due to circumstances they don't go out as much as other classes at the school.

The eight staff were each presented with a gift box from Lush and the children will receive a visit by a therapy dog.

Tracy Watkins from Southcote:

Colleagues at the MS Therapy centre in Reading nominated Tracy for her work in supporting people who are newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

As well as this, Tracy has started training in the Church to be a preacher. She was presented with a bouquet of flowers.

Sofiyah Dem, 11-years-old:

Sofiyah from Coley was gifted vouchers from her favourite Red Kangaroo as she goes out of her way to support her two brothers who have disabilities.

She also goes out of her way to look after younger children at Sunday School and holiday club.

Clare Budd, Deputy Head at Coley Primary School:

Clare was nominated by a parent at the school because she goes the extra mile to encourage and help her son who has autism.

Margaret Horne from Tilehurst:

Margaret was nominated by her friend for her act of kindness in hospitality and to anyone who is in need of loving care. She is willing to help others whenever she can and was given a bouquet of flowers.

"We hope that the Act of Kindness awards will inspire others to smile, love and do what they can for others."

Danyl Johsnon, who presented the awards, said: "It is so important that we highlight people and with the John Sykes Foundation - Act of Kindness Award, it is a great way to show that people get recognised for the hard work they do day to day.

"Without these people making a difference, a lot of people who need help wouldn't be the same without them."