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THANK YOU! Acts of virus crisis kindness

01 May, 2020

Jeremy Ford has been fixing NHS workers’ bikes for free

IT has been another week of harrowing news, and it is easy to become fearful. This catastrophe is affecting more families and friends in unimaginable ways. We know that newspapers can be hard to read, especially as we are committed in our mission not to flinch from the truths behind this pandemic and to campaign and scrutinise where things have gone horribly wrong. But there are stories of hope in the paper too. Here are a few more:

Francesca, aged 7, and below, Joshua, 6, show off their rainbow drawings for the NHS – designed at Awesome

• AN adventure playground has started providing online activities for children stuck indoors during the coronavirus lockdown. Children have been following the example of playworkers from the Awesome team drawing rainbow pictures dedicated to the NHS. Awesome’s director of play Becky Pryce said: “We understand that this is a difficult time, some families don’t have access to outside space.”

A TRUSTEE of the Qhubeka charity has been fixing NHS workers’ bikes for free, and has expanded the service to all in return for a small donation. Qhubeka is a global charity that gives bikes to women and children across Africa.
Jeremy Ford, who lives just of Upper Street, said: “For the last week, I have been offering ‘free’ bicycle repairs in the Islington area for any type of bike. In return for this, I am asking people to make donations to the charity of any amount.”

• PUPILS at a Finsbury Park primary school are completing an exercise routing every day for 26 days to raise money for the Whittington Hospital. Children at Ambler Primary School, in Blackstock Road, have already been doing burpees and aerobics aiming to raise £1,000 for the Archway hospital.

Paul Delany ran a marathon for charity on his narrow­boat

A CYCLING instructor ran a marathon at his home on a narrowboat in Islington in aid of mental health charity Mind on Sunday. The challenge entailed jogging 3,310 lengths of the interior of the boat through a very narrow passage with minimal headroom. It took him seven hours and he bumped his head three times. Paul Delany said he was concerned about the state of the nation’s mental health during the lockdown.

• THE London Met University, in Holloway Road, has donated £14,000 worth of food to Islington Council. The grub which would have been eaten by hungry students in the canteen is now being given to vulnerable people and organisations in need around the borough. The university’s business manager Andy Marshall said: It’s important that we come together and help each other.”

THANK you to everybody who has volunteered to deliver the Tribune to people unable to get out to the shops each week. This has meant that many more people have been kept right up to date with the information they need during the coronavirus crisis.

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