Posted on by Elizabeth Shaw

On Sunday 30th October the clocks go back, meaning we will gain an extra hour.

As it's a Sunday most of us will plan to spend the time having a long lie-in. However, this year instead of having a spare hour in bed why not try doing something special for someone else instead?

We don't always get the chance to show consideration for others, but this extra hour gives us the perfect opportunity to think of others and do something that could make someone's day.

If you're thinking of doing something special when the clocks go back on 30th October, we want to hear about it!

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If you're in need of inspiration, here are our top suggestions:

- Baby-sit for a busy parent, giving them a blissful hour to enjoy at their leisure.


- Double-up your dinner and give the extra portion to an older neighbour who doesn't cook for themselves as much anymore.

- Buy a bag of cupboard essentials and small treats and donate it to your local food bank or shelter (most supermarkets now have donation boxes near the check-out tills).

- Donate a few bunches of flowers to your local nursing home to brighten up the resident's day, or if you have a well-behaved dog take them for a visit - there's nothing like a happy pup to raise someone's spirits.

- If you plan to rake the autumn leaves off your drive, it's not too much more effort to do the same for a neighbour.

- Donate blood. One single donation can help up to 3 people - that should be inspiring enough.


- Bag up your used clothes and home wear and drop it off at your local charity shop.

- Take old magazines to a hospital or doctor's waiting room to make patients' waits a little less nerve racking.

- Write a letter to a loved one. Getting a message in the post means so much more than a text and will be a lovely surprise.

- Wake up your unsuspecting spouse with breakfast in bed. It will make their day.

- Offer to mow the lawn or an older neighbour - this will probably be the last time it needs mowing before next spring.

- If you see a stranger struggling to find the right change at the shops and you have the right amount to hand, why not save them the hassle.