Our February pick-me-up: Four local news stories to put a smile on your face



With lockdown still in force and little to look forward to at the moment (not to mention the cold and wet weather!), it’s been a difficult couple of months for everyone. So, we thought, what better time than now to do another pick-me-up blog post. With this in mind, we’ve collated a few of our favourite local news stories from January and February for you to enjoy. We hope they manage to put a smile on your face as much as they did ours.


Mysterious new artwork appears outside Cheltenham General Hospital

At the end of January, a new sign suddenly appeared outside Cheltenham General Hospital, showing appreciation for all of the amazing NHS workers who’ve been working so hard, going above and beyond, throughout this pandemic. On the sign, it states “Heroes at work” – we couldn’t have put it better ourselves.


Wotton-under-Edge creates a window wanderland

This month, Wotton-under-Edge residents decorated their windows with a variety of colourful designs, transforming the town into an outdoor gallery for people to enjoy on their daily walks. The theme was ‘Celebrating Community’, with the aim to raise people’s spirits while in lockdown. Now, if that’s not community goals, we don’t know what is!


Sue Ryder tree-cycles to raise vital funds for its hospices

One that we were honoured to be able to help out with, in January, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice launched their annual tree-cycling scheme, where they collect and recycle Christmas trees from Gloucestershire residents, raising money for the incredible work they do at the hospice. This year, despite COVID limitations, Sue Ryder managed to recycle nearly 800 trees and raise over £9k – an absolutely tree-mendous effort!


The Museum of Gloucester gives out free wellbeing packs

Teaming up with Gloucester Cultural Trust and Gloucester Community Building Collective, this month, the Museum of Gloucester has created and started sending out wellbeing art packs to children, teenagers and older adults throughout the city, to help them stay creative throughout lockdown – a fantastic idea that will undoubtedly engage people in a positive way and promote the togetherness we all need, more than ever, at the moment.



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