In this two-minute round-up, we share some of the good news and positive things happening during life under lockdown across Crediton and the UK.
Welcome to another Feelgood Friday update from us a Helmores!
And here are four fantastic pieces of news we’ve picked out from plenty of others which made us smile this week.
Humanity’s Best Friend
We all know dogs are great companions at times like this but check this out. According to a report from The Telegraph’s website, dogs are being trained to detect coronavirus in passengers arriving at UK airports.
It’s thought that a 0.5-second sniff could detect the virus in asymptomatic travellers. The group of canine champions includes three cocker spaniels, a Labrador, a Labradoodle, and a Labrador golden retriever.
It was World Earth Day on Wednesday, and we marked it with a round-up of some of the positive impacts the reduction in travel, production and consumption have had on the planet.
These include: Cleaner air and clearer water being reported from as far away as Venice to Venezuela. Animals are also enjoying more freedom thanks to less human activity with deer roaming in Japanese villages, killer whales being seen for the first time in a generation off the coast of Canada and our personal favourite, goats strolling around the Welsh town of Llandudno.
Lockdowns Loosened in Europe
The UK may be in lockdown for another three weeks but hope springs from across Europe. Austria has allowed small shops to reopen and there are plans to ease Germany’s lockdown, with some shops due to resume trade next week.
Denmark allowed schools to start back up and barbers and hairdressers reported a boom in trade as people got rid of their lockdown locks.
What about Us?
We’re proud to be playing our part in doing our bit to help our local community too:
The Helmores team clubbed together and purchase a large box of moisturising creams which we sent to our local ambulance workers to help their hard working hands.
Wednesday was World Earth Day, and to mark the occasion Helmores Partner Ian has pledged to plant 2 trees for every property sale he takes on that completes – this will equate to over 200 trees in a years time.
Rob has edited a “keepie uppie” video on behalf of the Crediton U14’s Youth Football, where the players and parents (and some very names including Spurs legend Steve Perryman) keep the ball going for over 2 minutes. So far the video has raised over £1,000 for the RD&E NHS Trust Charity – we’d love you to donate here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidHughes146
Our “Let’s Keep Crediton Talking” helpline is having an incredible response with some beautiful and heartfelt stories coming from local people are feeling alone and isolated. It’s been a pleasure and an incredibly humbling experience.
It’s incredible to see the generosity, compassion, kindness, and care people are showing across Crediton, Devon, the UK and indeed the World.