This week we’ve seen such amazing generosity from people across the world, and even more stories of hope and joy: Captain Tom Moore has pulled on the world’s heartstrings, Lady Gaga threw a star-studded virtual concert, and over half a million people in the UK have recovered from the coronavirus. Smile along with us this week and read the good news we have discovered.
Weekly Round Up
#1 ‘Raise your Spirits’ campaign with Bacardi and Grey Goose
The alcohol companies are collaborating to donate $3 million to healthcare workers, whilst also supplying 7,600 gallons of alcohol per day for hand sanitiser production. The #RaiseYourSpirits initiative is also giving money to keep independent bars and bartenders in business, which you can support by ordering through Deliveroo.
#2 John Lewis partners with NHS Nightingale
John Lewis & Partners have joined forces with the new hospital built in the ExCel Centre, NHS Nightingale, to create wellbeing areas for health care workers. They are also providing care packages which contain toiletries, snacks, tea & coffee, and wellbeing guidance from the British Medical Association.
#3 Celebrities will be teaching school lessons via BBC Bitesize
After the popularity of Joe Wicks’ PE lessons soared, the BBC saw the opportunity to help parents out with their homeschooling and bring in celebrities and education professionals to get children more productive when learning from home. None other than Sir David Attenborough will be teaching Geography, whilst Dr Brian Cox will be delivering science and physics lessons, and even Danny Dyer is on board teaching Tudors to KS1. This initiative is really making us want to go back to school…
#4 Captain Tom raises £26 million… and counting
We’ve all heard about the amazing Captain Tom Moore, whose 100th birthday is coming up on the 30th April. Starting with a humble goal of £1,000, the WW2 veteran has now raised nearly £30 million for the NHS and has become the face of hope and good news over the last few weeks. You can donate through Just Giving here.
#5 ‘The Big Thank You’ concert will celebrate our key workers later this year
Virgin Radio and The Sun have come together to thank key workers for their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic – and in what better way than with a concert. With performances in London, Manchester and Glasgow, featuring ‘chart-topping talent’, this is a great idea to give our amazing key workers something to look forward to and to celebrate the people who risk their lives every single day to keep the nation running.
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