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Byline: ALISTAIR HOUGHTON ECHO Reporter alistair.houghton@trinitymirror.com wimpyking @

IT TURNS out that, when you hand out a hundred PS5 notes to strangers in Liverpool city centre, the city responds with awesome random acts of kindness.

Awesome Liverpool normally gives a PS500 no-strings gift every month to a community group that wants to do something "awesome".

But, on Saturday, the group's trustees decided to give some pre-Christmas joy by giving away 100 PS5 notes, each in a bright pink envelope.

They hoped the recipients would spend them "in a hundred different ways that all bring joy to someone else".

And, as the day wore on, people took to Twitter to explain how they'd used their PS5 to do things including giving food to homeless people and supporting the Wikipedia website.

Awesome Liverpool trustee Andrew Beattie thought up the "awesome fivers" idea and is thrilled at how it turned out.

He said: "It's been genuinely amazing.

"We've had genuinely cheeky people saying 'we want free money'.

"And we've had an 11-year-old who came over and said 'I'm on Twitter, can I have a free fiver?' It turns out he bought 10 pasties and gave them to homeless people.

"We've had some lovely stories."

Twitter user Aishah Senin told Awesome Liverpool she had donated PS5 to Wikipedia "because we feel that knowledge is invaluable".

Chris H tweeted: "Spent it on cakes to donate to the Carol Concert at Old Roan Methodist this evening in aid of Woodlands thank you".

Aasha Greensmith tweeted: "We used the #awesomefivers our pocket to make some memories &have donated PS5 to Awesome Alder Hey Children's Charity".

And Kelly Andersen tweeted: "Just been given PS5 to do whatever I want Promoting acts of kindness My PS5 will give homeless guy food".

At one point during the day, the group left a pink envelope on wall outside the Tavern on the Green, in Liverpool One.

Andrew said: "A little girl walked over to it. Her mother said 'don't pick it up', so of course she did.

"Her mother then came over us because she saw we had a pink envelope on the table.

"She said 'have you opened yet? It's got money in it'. "She came back a bit later and said her daughter had just randomly

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