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May, 2020

The Good News #5

Can you feel the love tonight? We definitely can after reading all of these amazing stories. Have a scroll and enjoy the warm glow.

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
125 frontline NHS staff in the emergency department of the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children are part of a new research project, gathering data to understand how the coronavirus evolves in healthy adults. Led by infectious disease and immunology specialists from Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and the University of Bristol, findings from the LOGIC project will inform potential vaccines and treatment. Researchers will track staffs’ symptoms, the presence of the virus in their mouths and noses and the development of the protective antibodies in their blood over the course of three months. This research is being funded initially by The Grand Appeal as part of the charity’s emergency coronavirus appeal.

The charity’s emergency appeal has raised £100,000 so far, with these funds ensuring that the charity can not only support sick children in Bristol, but also support projects such as LOGIC to help fight the coronavirus. Funding from The Grand Appeal will bridge a gap in money received from the Government, with Adam Finn, professor of paediatrics at the University of Bristol and honorary consultant at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, saying: “The rapid response of our main charitable funder at Bristol Children’s Hospital, The Grand Appeal has enabled us to set up this important study in record time.” Find out more about the The Grand Appeal coronavirus emergency appeal and donate here.

Burberry
Think that fashion is frivolous? Think again! The impact of the current crisis has, among other things, shown us the need for local manufacturing. At Burberry, volunteers at the factory in Castleford, Yorkshire, who might normally be making its iconic trench coats are instead supplying the NHS with 100,000 pieces of PPE and rising. Burberry is utilising its supply chain network to fast-track the delivery of over 100,000 surgical masks to the NHS. The fashion brand has also said it will maintain its base pay for employees who have been unable to work due to closures and won’t rely on the government for financial support during the pandemic. While senior bosses are also to take a 20% pay cut from April to June. And it doesn’t stop there! The company is funding research into a single-dose vaccine developed by the University of Oxford that is on course to begin human trials next month. The University has one of the world’s best track records in emergency vaccine development, with past success in fighting Ebola and MERS. In addition, it’s donating to charities including FareShare and The Felix Project, dedicated to tackling food poverty across the UK. With pressures mounting on food supplies, the charities are further expanding efforts to help those struggling as a result of the outbreak. This includes setting up community produce hubs, delivering food to young people who rely on free school meals and increasing pre-packed food parcels to help food banks cope with demand and maintain social distancing policies. Read the full statement on Burberry on its contribution here.


The Cider Box
The pandemic has led many businesses to have to rethink how they work. This is especially true for businesses who were expected to launch this year. The Cider Box was due to open its tap room in St Philip’s, Bristol at the end of March. However, the lockdown obviously threw a bit of a spanner in the works. With this in mind, the Cider Box has adapted its services to become an alcohol delivery service. But it will still be celebrating the opening of its St Philip’s tap room on Saturday 16th May with a cider, beer and cheese drive through. The Cider Box are teaming up with local businesses The Bristol Cheesemonger and Lost & Grounded to serve craft beer, exclusive ciders, cheese from independent makers and more. Don’t panic! All current guidelines and advice will be adhered to at the events, which is strictly operating as an off license with no alcohol consumption on the premises, operating two metre distancing providing all staff with personal protective equipment. Just drive in, pick up your goodies and drive straight home. You can read further details here.

Feeling any better? We recommend reading the rest of our blog for further good news and visual treats. If you’re still feeling low, why not try watching the Lion King and singing along to Hakuna Matata? What a wonderful phrase.