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May, 2020

The Good News #4

It’s the end of the world as we know it (and we feel fine actually). We’re living in strange times, that’s certain, but fortunately there’s still plenty of good news. We’ve gathered some of our favourite positive stories in one handy place for the fourth instalment of our weekly Good News series. Brighten your day with a scroll.

 

Belly Laughs at Home
Bristol based comedy night Belly Laughs is normally hosted in restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars across the city, but the next instalment on Sunday 10th May will take place in the comfort of your home. The live streamed lockdown event will see host Mark Olver bring together the likes of Russell Howard, Jayde Adams, Jon Richardson, Joe Wilkinson and many more. There’s a suggested donation of £4.00 to stream the gig, although there is no obligation to donate if you aren’t able, or you could donate lots more if you’re feeling flush! 100% of the money raised will be split equally between FareShare South West, Julian Trust, Bristol Old Vic and the Great Western Air Ambulance charities. You can support the Crowdfunder and find out more info about Belly Laughs at Home here.

For The Love Of Scrubs
For The Love Of Scrubs is a Facebook group formed by Ashleigh Linsdell after identifying the shortage of scrubs for frontline staff and keyworkers. The group is for those who would like to help and contribute to hospitals’ supplies. Individuals and companies (including Lucy & Yak and Seasalt) have volunteered their sewing skills to the cause to sew scrubs and help address the shortage. They are not only making scrubs in a range of sizes, but also scrub caps, scrub bags so the clothes can be transported and washed safely by staff at home, and headbands to alleviate the pressure of face masks. NHS facilities who are in need of donations just need to contact For The Love Of Scrubs. While some hospitals specify plain dark fabrics, others have said they are happy for the scrubs to be made from different coloured or patterned material, meaning the sewers can use fabric donations such as good quality, clean bedding.

 

Camden Town Brewery
Camden Town Brewery have released a special edition of their classic Hells Lager, aptly named Heroes Lager. All proceeds are going to charities that support healthcare workers and NHS workers can receive a free six pack as a thank you for the incredible work they’re doing. Supporting healthcare heroes by drinking beer? Cheers to that! Order yours from the Camden Town Brewery website.

Young Women’s Trust
Throughout the current pandemic, charities and non-profit organisations have seen their budgets stretched even further, when people need them more than ever. That includes the Young Women’s Trust, a feminist organisation working to achieve economic justice for young women. The Young Women’s Trust has created an Emergency Fund to place money directly into the hands of young women facing financial crisis during the pandemic, helping them to buy essentials and pay bills. Helping YWT in this effort is British jewellery brand Tatty Devine, which donated £2 from every order placed on its website throughout April to the fund. You can find out more about the Young Women’s Trust, the amazing work they do and donate to the emergency fund on its website.

We hope this blog might’ve brought a smile to your face. You can read more good news on our blog here. Crack open a beer, stay home, stay safe and stay smiling!