Coventry named the fifth kindest city in the UK

Donating generously to charity and picking up litter were amongst the factors that helped Coventry claim its place.

Coventry has been named the fifth kindest city in the UK.

Acts such as donating to charity, offering seats up to the elderly and picking up litter were factors that helped Coventry claim its place, based on the highest average number of good deeds done per person per year.

Figures were based on a survey of more than 2,000 people conducted by the charitable organisation 52 Lives in partnership and contained at least 50 respondents in each city.

According to the survey, people across the country typically do two or three good deeds in a year, with the most common acts being donating to a charity/the homeless (57%), offering to help a stranger in need (52%) or offering to help a loved one (49%).

Bristol was named the UK’s kindest city, with the highest average number of good deeds done per person, per year.

The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr Ann Lucas, said:  “The city of Coventry has an international reputation as a friendly and welcoming city of peace and reconciliation and that is possible because of our caring residents.

“They have repeatedly shown their generosity and willingness to help others, both here at home and overseas, and it is good to see that represented in this survey.

“Kind deeds are especially important during these uncertain times and it makes me feel more proud to be Lord Mayor of Coventry and a Coventry Kid.’ 

In a previous survey in 2016 by the Co-Operative, Coventry was named the ninth kindest city in the UK – so things are heading in the right direction.

The current UK’s 10 kindest cities according to 52 Lives are: 

  1. Bristol
  2. Leeds
  3. Southampton
  4. Cardiff
  5. Coventry
  6. Glasgow
  7. Belfast
  8. Nottingham
  9. Manchester
  10. York