Stories of Kindness, Positivity and Hope during the Coronavirus Outbreak

Kate Shropshall 20-03-2020

We had to share these amazing stories of how people are helping others get through the Coronavirus outbreak. From small businesses to larger corporations, people are pulling together to look after each other, using their services and resources to assist people to live as well as possible during this difficult time.

The National Trust has announced that they will be opening a large majority of their parklands, beautiful gardens and coastal locations to the public for free, during the Coronavirus outbreak. The intent is to encourage people to enjoy outside space without the risk of close social contact. All their houses, cafés and restaurants will be shut from Friday following government plans to contain the Virus; however they are encouraging people to simply pack a flask and a sandwich and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Craft beer giants, BrewDog has recently announced that in order to help combat the shortage of hand sanitiser they have now started producing it at their Scottish distillery. Giving the bottles of ‘Punk Sanitiser’ away for free to those in need. Particularly providing for nurseries, primary schools, care homes and medical centres.

Coffee chain Pret A Manger is offering free hot drinks to all NHS staff and 50% off everything else. They took to Twitter thanking NHS staff for their incredible hard work in looking after communities all over the UK. The response from NHS staff has been heart-warming, with many responding to the campaign on Twitter sending in pictures of themselves enjoying their free coffees and thanking Pret for brightening their days, even if it is just for a short while.

But it’s not just bigger corporate companies doing their bit to help during the pandemic, there are fantastic stories of kindness emerging from smaller organisations and businesses.

Adam and Eco, a Yorkshire soap company based in Leeds City Centres Kirkgate market is giving away free soap to anyone that needs it. They announced their giveaway on Twitter and have already received over 55 shares, getting their message out across Leeds.

Easy on the I, is the information design service within the Learning Disability Service at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. They have produced easy to read help slips that people can post through doors to make people aware that they are able to help anyone that is in self isolation. Whether that be by bringing them essentials like food or medicine, or purely just to have a telephone conversation with, should they be feeling lonely.

Three Pubs in the Newcastle area, The Free Trade Inn, The Cumberland Arms, and Mean Eyed Cat, have set up a voucher scheme to help local street food vendors who use their venues for pop up events to stay afloat whilst business is potentially dwindling during the outbreak. The vouchers are a way for people to pre purchase meals for when the social distancing measures are lifted. One customer who was interviewed said, “You have got to have a bit of faith and try and help people where you can. I'm not missing the money and actually it would just be a real shame if a business closed, I would not be thinking about me losing out on a tenner.”

We want to keep sharing these stories of kindness so please get in touch with if you have a story you want to share. Let’s show that even through the most challenging of times, there are stories of kindness, positivity and hope happening everywhere.

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