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Pay It Forward – what is it, and do you want to get involved?

The phrase ‘Pay It Forward’ may originate from Lily Hardy Hammond’s 1916 book, In the Garden of Delight, which contains the quote “You don’t pay love back; you pay it forward.” The book and film However, the modern Pay It Forward movement probably started with another book some 83 years later. Catherine Ryan Howard’s novel, entitled Pay It Forward, has as its central character a 12-year-old boy called Trevor. When asked by his social studies teacher to come up with ideas that will change the world for the better, Trevor proposes a scheme whereby people carry out random acts of kindness…