For the past 15 years, villagers in Woodford, Northamptonshire have been opening their doors for an ‘open gardens event’, where they welcome people to walk around their picturesque gardens in order to raise money for a local church. As this can no longer go ahead under new restrictions, the decision was made to move the event online! What has been described as “Britain’s biggest excuse to be nosey” is now open to everyone to have a nose around (I’m looking at our nosey changemakers) and all donations will go to the NHS Charities Together COVID Appeal. How blooming wonderful!
The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown measures has meant that couples across the country (and the world) have had to press pause on their wedding plans. However, a couple from Manchester decided not to wait and decided to transform their flat so that they could do their own DIY wedding ceremony – complete with a priest made out of empty beer boxes! They then took photographs in their local park and held a virtual reception with their friends and family via social media. Now I wonder if they’ll transform their flat into a honeymoon dream…
Drones don’t always have the best reputation, particularly with their loud and potentially intrusive nature. However, a drone delivery service in Ireland, who intended to use their fleet to deliver takeaway food, have decided to use them as a tool for good. They have started using their drones to deliver medication and other essential supplies to isolated older people. They can deliver in as little as 3 minutes! Now that is what I call using technology for good.
On the 12th May, people across the world came together to celebrate International Nurses Day and pay tribute to the nurses that are keeping our countries going through this crisis. Tributes were made across the UK; people shone lights, lit candles and shared messages of gratitude and monuments (including our very own Lincoln Cathedral) lit up blue in tribute to these key workers. Perhaps the biggest tribute of them all came from the World Health Organisation, who named 2020 as the Year of the Nurse. It’s great to see that even in lockdown, people continue to find ways to pay tribute and give thanks to our key workers.
Perhaps one of (if not the) hardest parts of lockdown is being unable to visit family members and loved ones. However, that hasn’t stopped family members from finding creative ways to stay connected and lift each other’s spirits. This week, changemaker Jo’s cousin sent her a letter containing a ‘socially distanced hug’ in the form of a threaded bracelet. It’s safe to say that this lovely gesture put a smile on all of our faces – have a look below!
Last week we showed you the lovely afternoon tea delivered to changemaker Chloe by her adorable nieces. This week, she was lucky enough to get yet another afternoon tea delivery! Her close friend Ruth, who runs Betsy’s Vintage Pop-up tearooms, left a Great British afternoon tea on her doorstep, complete with handmade sandwiches, sausage rolls and cakes! I can’t even pretend I’m not jealous – just look at how delicious it was!
When faced with no work because of event cancellations, a photographer in Rutland decided to get creative with her neighbours. Accompanied by her five-year-old daughter (i.e. her creative director) has been using her daily exercise to conduct “lockdown photo-shoots” with her neighbours, at a safe social distance of course. The results are nothing short of fantastic and it has been a great way for her to connect with people and understand their way of lockdown-life.
Staff at a Yarmouth care home in Norfolk got creative this week and found a new, fun way for families to see their loved ones whilst maintaining a safe social distance. In an event signed off by Norfolk Police, residents were able to take part in a ‘drive-through disco’, which involved family members driving past residents who sang and waved flags. What a lovely way to keep families connected during these strange times!
In case you haven’t noticed, we changemakers love our tea. Chloe and I are known in the office for loving tea perhaps a little too much (although there’s no such thing in my eyes), and this week we were both surprised with homemade afternoon teas! Believe it or not, these two events were completely unrelated and it goes without saying that we were both in tears from these acts of kindness.
Last week, I was told I couldn’t go downstairs for an hour – which was unnerving to say the least. However, when I was told to pick one of my many teas and go downstairs to the kitchen, I found that my partner had put together an afternoon tea complete with homemade scones and cakes. Take a look below!
On Monday, Chloe received a text from her adorable nieces telling her to go downstairs, only to find that they had boxed up an afternoon tea, including homemade cakes and scones, and left it on her doorstep to find! Just look how sweet it was!
A ten-year-old footballer has set a goal of doing one ‘keepy-uppy’ for each UK key worker in order to raise money for charity. This equates to a whopping 7.1 million keepy-uppies! She is currently managing 2,000 per day, which is incredible considering I struggle with one. So far, she has raised over £1,600 for nine charities. Incredible!
A cleaning firm director posted an idea on a local community forum to create pamper packages for key workers, who currently have little time to themselves, and it’s safe to say the community liked the idea. The community rallied together to donate hundreds of ‘pamper’ items, including chocolate, discount vouchers from local businesses and hand sanitiser. This is just the latest in a series of heart-warming acts by communities, and I don’t know about you but we are loving them!
In case you didn’t know (although I’m not sure how you wouldn’t), it was Capt. Tom Moore’s 100th birthday this week! In response to his inspirational efforts to raise money for the NHS (which, by the way, has now surpassed £32 million) people across the nation, including a few famous faces, rallied together to send him some birthday cards. Well, when I say ‘some’ I actually mean over 125,000! This gives us just a small idea of how many people he reached with his inspiring story. Happy birthday Captain Tom!
At Thistleton Lodge Care Home, war veteran Ken Benbow slept with a photograph of his late wife by his bed every night. Now, thanks to carer Kia Tobin, he can sleep with her ‘every night in his arms’. Knowing how much he missed his wife, Kia had a cushion printed with a picture of her on. Ken’s reaction to receiving this gift is nothing short of wholesome and I challenge you to watch it without shedding a tear or two (or ten in our case).
‘Captain Ben’, aged 11, has completed the virtual equivalent of the three peaks challenge by climbing his stairs over 1,500 times in under 24 hours. Inspired by Capt. Tom Moore (who, by the way, has now received the Pride of Britain Award), Ben spent over 17 hours on Sunday climbing his stairs in a bid to raise money for the NHS. He travelled the equivalent of 3,408 metres and raised over £3,000. I don’t know about you, but we’re loving the innovative ways in which people are completing physical milestones in order to raise money our key workers!
We already mentioned the huge drop in pollution levels in our top ten positive news stories blog, but now we’re starting to see the beautiful impact of this, we want to give it a place in this week’s positive news spotlight. In light of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, people around the world have been capturing picturesque views that have been made possible through this reduction in pollution. Some of India’s most polluted cities have cleaner air and the Himalayas are visible from cities for the first time in 30 years, which has led to some of the most amazing views and pictures – take a look for yourself!
We had another birthday this week and once again we asked The Garden Tea Room if they would be able to put a cake together to help us celebrate. Just look how delicious the cake was!
The assistant head at Western Primary School in Grimsby has been walking around five miles every day to deliver school meals to up to 80 children at home. Children and adults have been waving to him on his travels, giving him praise and describing him as a hero. However, Mr Powles says he is just doing his job in a way that he’d never expected to do. Well, we think he’s going above and beyond and deserves a place in this week’s positive news blog!
Residents across the country are using cards, pictures and messages to thank their bin collection crews who continue to work during the coronavirus crisis. In addition to waves and applauds, people have been finding creative ways to express their gratitude to these key workers. They have been creating their own thank you cards, offering thank you rocks, sticking art to bins and even leaving out sweets for the crews! A little bit of kindness goes a long way, and it’s great to see people continuing to find ways to safely express their gratitude to key workers across the country.
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You must have heard about this, but if not, we’re here to make sure you have. 99-year-old Army veteran Captain Tom Moore pledged to complete 100 laps of his garden before turning 100 on the 30th April in order to raise £1,000. Completing his final lap on the 16th April, to say he met and surpassed his target would be a HUGE understatement. He has so far raised a whopping £17 million (and counting!) for NHS workers! He has received messages of support and thanks from people across the country, including NHS workers, sports personalities and politicians, and was met with a guard of honour from the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment upon completing his final lap. If this inspiring story doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, I don’t know what will!
This week was our changemaker Savannah’s birthday. Usually, we like to decorate the office and shower the birthday desk with confetti (sorry Kelly). Obviously, this can’t happen right now, but we’re sticklers for celebrating a birthday! We decided to instead look local and see if we could get a cake delivered. The amazing Garden Tea Room in North Hykeham, Lincoln was able to put together a cake for us and have it delivered to Savannah’s house, and just look how good it looks!
That brings us to the end of this week’s positive news blog. If you come across any positive news stories, please get in touch and share these with us. We’ll continue to provide you with a weekly summary of some of the positive news stories circulating our media. Until then, be happy and be safe.