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Good news for giving back! Week Ending, 14th June

Another great week for giving back. People need people, and kindness is infectious.

The Sikh community kitchen feeding thousands

Community is so important, never more so than now, and this story is INCREDIBLE. Even though closed, a large Gurdwara in Slough has been using its facilities to serve up thousands of meals to people for free, and it is powered by the generosity of volunteers. They make the point that no matter who you are, everyone is welcome and they will help anyone out if they need it. While I am not religious, I do believe in the main principles of religion which starts with being kind and treating others as you would like to be treated. The wonderful thing is, that it's not just happening in Slough. The Sikh communities in New York, Los Angeles and Maharashtra are all actively looking after their locals. It just makes me feel really warm inside.

You can read more about it HERE

How my carer saved me during lockdown

If your heart is feeling slightly cold, then this should warm it up. It's a lovely story about a carer who moved in with one of her clients during lockdown in order that she wouldn't be abandoned or alone. Shannon, who has Down's Syndrome, has been through an awful lot in the past year after losing her mum, who she was very close to, to cancer. Add to that a broken leg and a global pandemic, the naturally social Shannon found it difficult to socially distance when she caught the virus and found it incredibly frustrating. Up steps Shannon's main carer (and in my mind, an absolute hero) Caroline, from the Aldingbourne Trust. She recognised that it was going to be impossible for Shannon to get better and be able to look after herself, and her family didn't want her to move to an unfamiliar care home. The Aldingbourne Trust found an empty holiday let for the two of them to stay in where they happily isolated and Shannon got better. Both women have enjoyed each other's company immensely, and have bonded even more closely as a result.

You can read more about it HERE

Paolo Nutini Helps Grieving Mum

I can't even imagine how painful it must be to lose a child, something I would never ever

wish upon anyone. Andrea, who lost her 15 year old son Ryan in a car accident in 2011, was celebrating what would have been Ryan's 25th birthday, which must have been incredibly difficult for her. Ryan absolutely loved Paolo Nutini, and when Andrea reached out to get a message of support from him, the last thing she expected was for Paolo to actually call her and have a chat with her. She managed to go ahead with a socially-distanced memorial for Ryan as well with a Paolo Nutini tribute act performing. Such a lovely gesture from Paolo, and a beautiful way to commemorate a much-loved and missed son.

You can read more about it HERE

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