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Our end of the week pick-me-up: Three positive news stories to keep you smiling

April 3, 2020

We know we are all living in difficult and scary times at the moment, with lots of unknowns and uncertainties. But, amidst all of the bad news, the fear and the isolation, for us, something else has shone through – an overwhelming sense of community spirit and togetherness. So, to help you finish the week on a high, we’ve gathered together a handful of these positive moments for you to enjoy now and whenever you need a little pick-me-up…


School pupils sing to elderly residents in lockdown 

Silver Springs Primary Academy is across the road from a retirement home that went into lockdown prior to UK schools closing. To lift the residents’ spirits and show them that they weren’t alone, year 4, 5 and 6 pupils put a sign up urging the residents to ‘watch this space 2pm today’. At 2pm, almost 200 pupils sang songs from their school grounds to the elderly, including Something Inside So Strong and True Colours. Get your tissues ready and have a watch:

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No, you’re crying 😭😭😭 Almost 200 people in years 4, 5 and 6 at Silver Springs Primary Academy sang songs from their school grounds so that the elderly residents living in Kendal House sheltered housing could watch them and listen. “Heartwarming status alert 🚨 Esme’s school is opposite an old people’s home and the residence are isolating. The children put a sign up so the residence knew what time to come to their windows…….and they all sang them songs to keep their spirits up, Yes I cried, it was so emotional… the oldies were at their windows waving and dancing. Well done to the kids of silver springs.Yet again going absolutely above and beyond the help others. I’m so happy Esme was a part of this ❤️ https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/children-sing-elderly-residents-coronavirus-17949795” Via Ashley James Patterson on Facebook

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Organised by Dutch Londoner Annemarie Plas, #ClapForOurCarers was created as a way for people in the UK to show key workers their collective gratitude and say a massive thank you for all the work they’re doing to keep our world turning and to care for us during this difficult period. To do so, come 8pm every Thursday, everyone who wants to get involved is standing up and applauding these key workers. Here is a video from the first Thursday this took place (we hope you’ve got some tissues left!):


Aquarium penguins take a field trip

With Chicago Shedd Aquarium closed to the public, staff, who work on-site 24/7, have had to find new ways to keep their inhabitants entertained. Luckily for the penguins, this means they’ve been taking some pretty exciting field trips to get to know some of the other animals, many of which they’ve never come across before. Meet Wellington, a rockhopper penguin, who took quite a shine to three beluga whales, Kayavak, Mauyak and Annik, after seeing them for the first time:


We hope the above made you smile – that was very much our intention! Whether it’s in the form of heart-warming and funny videos, or by looking after your waste, we want you to know that we are here for you and will continue to be so throughout this strange time, as well as when it’s over.

Stay safe everyone.



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