The Feelgood News Round-up

We’re shining the spotlight on a few of the stories that are keeping us smiling! So check in for our weekly  good vibes only updates…..

 

From extraordinary acts of kindness to the lighter side of the news scroll down for all the warm and fuzzy feelings…

Dancing Queen

Grandmother Ruth Rudd has become a viral sensation on TikTok, with one video of her dancing getting over 25m views. The 88 year-old, who began learning dance routines with her granddaughter during lockdown, has no intention of stopping any time soon as long as the videos continue to cheer people up. Check out her moves below:

 

A Novel Little Story…

The charity Free Little Library, the largest book-sharing organisation in the world, has been adapting to accommodate quarantine life by turning there book-sharing post into places were people can share and donate household necessities instead.

 

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White Knight

100-year old veteran Tom Moore has been knighted after he raised just shy of 33 million pounds for the NHS by walking laps of his Bedfordshire Garden. The war veteran, whose moniker is now Colonel Sir Tom Moore, said he was ‘overawed’ at the news adding he hopes her majesty isn’t “heavy handed with the sword as I’m a weak soul”. We’re positive that with strength of character like his, he’ll do just fine.

 

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Can you BEE-lieve it

Endangered bees are making a comeback with the rare Shrill Carder Bee (named after its loud sound) recently found in wildflower meadows on Somerset National Trust estate. I don’t know about you, but we’re buzzed! ! Find out more here.

 

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Music to our Ears

A supergroup of over 40 cruise line entertainers, from 15 countries have released a charity single and video to spread an important message of being Thankful. With the profomers currently showcaseing there talents at home (instead of at sea!) Read more about the initiative here. 

Man’s best friend

A-lister Justin Theroux is dressing up and having candlelit dinners with his dog in quarantine and it’s everything we needed to see right now. If furry friends make you smile, check out the new recruits keeping us company while working from home here

 

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New arrivals

One of our lovely buyers, Sophie, has become a mother during lockdown after her best friend offered to be her surrogate. We think it’s the most beautiful example of friendship and kindness. Read their story here.

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First-class service

Project Wingman is giving back to NHS staff on the frontline. Cabin crew not currently flying have set up ‘first class lounges’ in a number of hospitals to serve NHS staff a good cuppa and a listening ear while in full uniform.

 

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Calling all culture vultures

More than 2000 world-class museums and galleries are now accessible online via Google’s Arts & Culture pages, with some you can walk through (virtually) thanks to Street View. Let’s go on a digital adventure.

Global citizens unite

If you enjoyed seeing some of your favourite artists perform live from their living rooms, then find a little more joy in the fact that Lady Gaga’s One World: Together at Home global initiative has already raised £100m (and counting) for charity.

Thank you NHS

Celebrities such as Dame Emma Thompson, Jameela Jamil and Emilia Clarke are paying tribute in a new charity book called Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You, curated and edited by Adam Kay. It’ll be published in July, and you can pre-order it now.

Food for thought

Singer Liam Payne (of One Direction fame) is supporting the Trussell Trust to keep foodbanks stocked during the pandemic and has put in enough cash to cover 360,000 meals in Nottingham, Sheffield, Birmingham, Bristol, Coventry and Stoke on Trent. What a star.

Butterfly numbers boosted

Record temperatures, plus plenty of food and rain during the summer of 2019 has made it the best season for British butterflies in 22 years. You can help boost numbers this year too by making nectar-rich flowers available throughout the year and delaying cutting back borders in your garden until late winter.

 

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Young talent

Festivals may be cancelled, but new musical talent still has a digital stage. Fat Boy Slim’s daughter Nelly Cook made her DJ debut online live from her kitchen to raise money for charity. Turn it up loud, grab the kids and dance it out.

 

Kitchen disco

Talking of dancing, Sophie Ellis-Bextor is showing us all how it’s done, donning sequins and taking to the mike to entertain her children, and the rest of Instagram too. We’re scheduling our very own kitchen disco for Friday night.

 

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