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So many ways to say thank you

Over the last few months we have all been involved in various ways of thanking everyone in the NHS for all of their hard work and efforts during the Coronavirus pandemic. We have had the weekly clapping, seen flags and posters in peoples’ windows and homes. The rainbow of the NHS has been seen widely in cities, towns and villages all over the country and is now an emblem that will always remind us of those to which we owe a huge debt of gratitude.

Whilst these are the usual things we have become accustomed to we have seen some novel ways which certainly made us smile and must have certainly cheered up some of those working in the NHS. Recently we have seen the following photos and we thought the NHS cannot ever have too many thank yous so thought we would show you these novel ways that people have shown their gratitude.

We think that the hours it must have taken to create some of these pieces really goes to show the level of gratitude we all have for the NHS.

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Cricket says “Thank you NHS”

Despite rain stopping play it was great to see England’s cricket test team back in action yesterday and we are looking forward to seeing the competition resume between the West Indies and England.

A great touch was that on the training kits for the England players the names of NHS staff were printed as a thank you to all of the key workers that have gone over and above during the pandemic.

Ben Stokes is deputising as captain because usual captain Joe Root’s wife is due to give birth and with the players all being kept in a bubble he decided not to play. However he did say:

 “We want to take the time to honour the brave key workers who went into bat for their country under the toughest circumstances. It’s only fitting that we use this series as an opportunity to ‘raise a bat’ in their honour”

England will honour key workers who have helped during the coronavirus pandemic by wearing their names on their training shirts during the #raisethebat Test series against West Indies.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has announced that the three-game series – being held behind closed doors at The Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford due to the coronavirus pandemic – will be named #raisethebat as a tribute to those cricketing heroes on the frontline.

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If you can’t beat them then do it on your own!

No sooner than we feature one inspiring story then we find another and this one is certainly one that will make your jaw drop. Sophie Holmes was the inspiration being the launch of Banana Crumble and we have featured many of her heroic activities over the years since we have been in existence. Sophie is never the one to shun a challenge despite suffering from Cystic Fibrosis. Having the condition with the current Coronavirus means Sophie is in the highly vulnerable category. Sophie was scheduled to complete an Iron Man Challenge in Austria which has obviously been cancelled. The majority of people would say “oh well next year” but not Sophie!!

Taking into account that Sophie cannot leave the constraints of her garden or house then the challenge she has set her self is none other than truly amazing. She has decided that on Sunday 10th May she will do the bike run part of the Ironman from her own house which means that she will cycle 180km on her turbo cycle trainer, but not only that she will complete her 42.1km lawn marathon.  The 42.1 km sounds bad enough but when you break it down into garden laps it is actually 842 laps of the front garden. Having the determination and motivation to be able to complete this challenge is truly amazing. Sophie is raising money for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and also for the NHS. Both really great charities to support.

 

Matt, our Chief Banana will be taking his hour of exercise on Sunday and will be cycling past Sophie’s house and we know that he will certainly be cheering her on with this incredible challenge. If you would like to find out more about this challenge then please click here.

We will definitely be letting you know how the Essex Ironman challenge goes. We also know that as soon as Sophie can she will be completing the swimming part of this before actually completing the real event when it is rescheduled.

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Something to make you smile.

On Saturday, we featured 8 year old Sophia Hyde who was raising funds for the Southend NHS after she was inspired by Captain Tom. Sophia was planning on doing 1000 laps of her garden to raise funds.

We thought we would update you to say that yesterday Sophia actually smashed her total and completed 2000 laps and also to say that her total funds raised so far have risen to almost £2300. This is amazing, as to have the perseverance and determination to complete so many laps in a garden really does take strength of character and we thought it would be fantastic to let you all know how well she has done.

Don’t forget if you would like to help Sophia with her fundraising then you can click here for details. Sophia has Cystic Fibrosis and for her, exercise is vital in keeping herself healthy but in these strangest of times to channel this into something positive is a real good news story. No doubt we will see plenty more good news and inspiring stories from Sophia over the coming months and years. I understand from Sophia’s mum that she was really pleased to be getting any coverage for what she was doing so why not add a message on our Facebook post and we will pass it on. Well done Sophia from us all.

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Sophia, what a star…

Over the last few weeks the nation has been inspired by Captain and now Colonel Tom Moore. No one can have been failed to be moved watching his birthday celebrations unfold last week. The pure joy on his face was amazing when he was given a special birthday fly past. His tale is one that has caught the nation and as Boris Johnson said he has given us all a light in the darkest of times.

Many more have been inspired by his actions and the amount of money raised and we have seen some equally incredible stories being publicised following on from his actions.

We have a really special tale to tell as we are proud to have met the young lady in question when we raised funds for the Southend Cystic Fibrosis Association at our Banana Crumb-Ball that we held last year. Sophia Hyde, age 8, was present when we handed over our cheque to the association.

Sophia, who lives in Leigh, in Essex has Cystic Fibrosis and for her, exercise and keeping fit is paramount to her keeping healthy. After hearing about Captain Tom, Sophia decided that she would run 1,000 laps of her garden to raise funds for the Southend NHS charity. She set herself the challenge and completed it in just 5 days. Not only that but she has been cycling 100 laps too. On her Just Giving Page she says:

My name is Sophia Hyde, I am 8 years old and have Cystic Fibrosis. I have been self shielding since 16th March and I wanted to challenge myself because of Captain Tom and what he has achieved. Each day as part of my physio I am going to cycle 100 laps and run 100 laps of my garden. I will be doing 1,000 laps in 5 days. I have already completed 400 laps.I am not allowed to go outside to exercise so I am doing it all in my back garden.

Sophia started with the aim of raising £100 for her charity and like Captain Tom she has surpassed that and her total is now almost £2,000. What an amazing young lady who is not only inspiring us but should be an inspiration to all those who are struggling with motivating themselves during this lockdown. Sophia is an absolute joy when you meet her and proves that determination will get you a long way. If you would like to read more about Sophia’s story or sponsor her then please click here. When I first heard that Sophia was doing this I read that she has said that she wouldn’t be able to raise funds as she was only a child. Sophia we think you have been completely proved wrong and you have raised an amazing amount of money!! Sophia is well on her way to completing a marathon with the distance covered. A great achievement in our eyes. Well done and we hope that you continue to raise funds and most importantly keep healthy.

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We are all obsessed….

We are all obsessed with Captain Tom Moore and his sponsored walk. What is the first thing that you look at in the morning and then the last thing you look at when you go to bed? I thought it was just me but every person I have spoken to say they look at the amazing amount of money that has been raised and then check it again the following day to check the amount and are literally astounded at the rate at which the money is still going up. On Thursday the total was an amazing £12 million pounds and now today, Saturday it has topped the £21 million pound mark.

No one could ever have thought, that what started as a family challenge literally turned into something that has united the whole country. Every news programme and everybody that you talk to mentions Captain Tom. Certainly caught the nation’s mood and it is fantastic that this unification of people from all walks of life, political parties, different countries and cultures are all joining together. This is just the type of story that brings hope and in his words “tomorrow will be a good day”. Thanks Captain Tom!!

This morning it was announced that Michale Ball, along with Captain Tom and members of the NHS have released a charity version of the famous anthem “You Will Never Walk Alone”. If Captain Tom reaches number one this week then it would mean that on his 100th birthday he will be Top of the Charts. I am sure that when at the end of the month Captain Tom reaches his 100th birthday it will really give the nation something to celebrate and to be number one as well. Would that make him a record breaker ? To be able to download this piece of history click here.

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Captain Incredible passes the £12 million mark…

Earlier in the week we featured Captain Tom Moore who was doing a sponsored walk to raise funds for the NHS. This was a sponsored walk like no other. Captain Tom is 99 and he wanted to complete 100 laps of his garden before he reached his 100th birthday at the end of the month. He started off as we reported earlier saying he hoped to raise £10,000. His challenge has literally taken off and whilst I was researching the amount kept going up and going up and within hours he had reached a massive £1.3 million. This was the total as our article went live on the 14th April. Roll forward a few days and we thought we just had to share how much this sponsored walk has literally grabbed the nation. It is now 16th April as we are writing this and the total currently stands at over £12 million.

This is absolutely extraordinary and an amount that surely no-one could have ever dreamt of. We wonder how Captain Tom must feel at literally taking the nation with him on a journey that has summed up the courage, determination and camaraderie of the country. He is a beacon of light in dark times. What is even more remarkable is that he completed his 100 garden laps this morning but has said that whist people are still donating he will keep walking. What will the total eventually be ? Congratulations Captain Tom from all of us here and the whole nation!!

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Captain Marvel …

At the moment it seems that the whole of the news is taken up with sad stories about Coronavirus and then suddenly a story that is such a positive and inspirational one jumps out and deserves special mention.

Captain Tom Moore is 99 and decided that after treatment for cancer and a broken hip that he would like to repay the NHS. Tom is almost 100 and had planned to do 100 circuits of his garden using his walker to try and raise some funds for the NHS. He started with a relatively small amount of money and then after being interviewed on the television his appeal caught the hearts of the nation. He had to revise his total again and again and the target is currently £500,000 which is so many times his original target. We have been inspired by the story and seeing what an inspiration Captain Tom has been when talking about his event. His catch phase “Tomorrow will be a good day” has been heard many times.

I wanted to find the link for the Just Giving page as part of my research into the story and when I logged in a few minutes ago the amount of money raised was over £1,100.000 and each time I looked the total was going up. We have been inspired not only to help raise funds for the NHS but by the story of positivity and inspiration from Captain Tom. He wanted to achieve his target by the time he reached 100 at the end of the month but he has absolutely done that and more. Congratulation to Captain Tom with helping to inspire the nation. To see Captain Tom’s Just Giving Page click here to see his current total. We have been inspired to sponsor him and certainly think this story fits in with our good news and positive, inspirational ethos that we use.

By the time I have finished the amount raised is over £1.3 million !!! So many people have been inspired.

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Thank you NHS

Whilst we are trying our absolute hardest to find good news and positive stories that aren’t about Coronavirus we did think we had to publicise this event. Without our NHS workers and everyone on the front line we would be in an even worse position than we are now. These people go to work, knowing the risks and still are there to help everyone. I don’t think that there are any words that will thank our NHS for everything they have done and will do over the coming weeks and months.

We saw a post on social media saying that on Thursday 26th March at 8pm everyone should go to their front doors, garden, balcony, windows or living room to give all our amazing NHS workers a huge round of applause to say we do value them and this is a way we can all unite in showing our gratitude to them. We will be there and even this is just a token but hopefully the NHS realise how much they are appreciated and that we are all behind them.

Why not join in everyone , spread the news and clap to show your appreciation.

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We can all make such a difference.

A few months ago I had to visit our local hospital. Thankfully I am not a regular at the hospital and didn’t really know where I was going. Standing by the notice board was an elderly gentleman who welcomed me with a large grin and a “Can I help you ?”.  I told him where I was going and he gave me directions, making jokes about his left and his right but the directions were good and I got to where I was going without a hitch.

As I left, a short while later I noticed that the same man had a badge with volunteer on it. This man was giving up his time to help others. At the time I remember thinking that the man was obviously enjoying interacting with people and was certainly making a positive contribution.

A few weeks on I have seen the campaign from The Daily Mail asking for people to volunteer to help out with the NHS. What a great idea. So many people volunteer to help run clubs and societies and everyone benefits from people taking on these roles. If you do have some spare time why not do something positive with it and help out. Maybe with the NHS or maybe with a school or club. You never know that little bit of volunteering may change your life for the positive and certainly change the lives of others. We can all make such a difference.

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