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April, 2020

The Good News #3

Congratulations! You’ve got through another week of the lockdown and you’ve made the very wise decision to click on our blog and read the latest instalment of The Good News. Have a scroll and read about some of the people, businesses and organisations who are making a positive impact during the current pandemic.

Cheers Drive
Caring in Bristol has launched the first free food delivery service for homeless people in the UK. The Covid-19 crisis has meant that traditional ways of feeding those in need are no longer safe. Caring in Bristol created Cheers Drive (the best name ever?) to provide restaurant-quality meals to the most vulnerable. They aim to feed up to 600 homeless people a day with the service. The food is provided by the brains behind Bristol hospitality legends Emmeline, Pasta Loco, Salt and Malt, Pony and Trapp, The Hatch and Bianchi’s. Visit the Caring in Bristol website to find out more information and donate a Cheers Drive takeaway, made up of one freshly cooked hot meal, a packed lunch and breakfast for just £10 to someone in need tonight.

Bristol Food Union
Coronavirus has hit most businesses hard, but this is especially true for farmers, food producers and restaurants. While of course the government business relief has gone some way to help, the economic impact on many food businesses could take a long time to recover from. With this in mind, a collective of restaurants, food businesses and community organisations have come together to form the Bristol Food Union, to ensure the city of Bristol stays fed during the Covid-19 pandemic. So far, they’ve created secure production kitchens in closed restaurants around the city. They are using these kitchens to support Caring in Bristol (as mentioned above), to provide meals for the vulnerable in the Chew Valley area, to prepare and deliver weekly food provisions to 100 vulnerable adults who have recently left the foster-care system and to cater for workers across the frontline including social care and emergency services. To learn more about the Bristol Food Union including the ways in which you can support them, visit their website.

Grab your cans of G&T, because you can now stream the original one-woman stage show of Fleabag (which the TV series of the same name was based on) online, for the first time. UK fans can download the show, starring and written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, from the Soho Theatre on demand streaming site here for as little as £4. Viewers can choose how much to pay for the show as all the money raised from streaming will be donated to charity; 35% will go towards the National Emergencies Trust and 35% will go towards NHS Charities Together. Acting for Others, an organisation that provides financial and emotional support to theatre workers in times of need, will receive 15% of each donation, and the remaining 15% of each donation will go to the Fleabag Support Fund.

Sir Quentin Blake
You can’t have a rainbow without a little rain… You’ve probably spotted the rainbows being displayed across the country in solidarity with keyworkers. Beloved illustrator Sir Quentin Blake, whose work is synonymous with the tales of Roald Dahl has borrowed the idea to help to bring some cheer during quarantine with his ‘portable rainbows.’ The 86-year-old illustrator has created 10 free watercolour e-cards, portraying rainbows as three dimensional objects in everyday pleasures. It’s a beautiful way to brighten someone’s day and stay connected with your loved ones in these difficult times. Pick your favourite rainbow and send it to someone special here.

Thanks for stopping by! If we’ve sizzled your bacon, have a scroll through the rest of our blogs, we’ve got even more good news and some extra treats there for you to enjoy.