It's in times like these, that you really see the power of humanity. Companies and communities alike are coming together showing small acts of kindness for the NHS, who are being absolute super heroes, it just just makes us beam with pride! Here are our top 10 acts of kindness:
The Body Shop
Cosmetics brand The Body Shop is donating 225,000 items to NHS workers to thank them for their selfless work in the face of the coronavirus outbreak. The ethical beauty brand is also donating an incredible 100,000 bars of soap and 100,000 tubes of hand cream to the NHS’ new temporary Nightingale hospitals, the first of which opened in London’s Excel Centre last week.
Coconut water drinks maker, Vita CoCo are handing out cases of free coconut water to frontline workers. “what is certain is that there are real heroes out there putting themselves at risk to either care for the vulnerable or simply make our lives as normal as possible.
3D Printer Colin Keogh
Irishman and 3D printing expert Colin Keogh has began working to build a 3D printed open-sourced emergency ventilator to send to frontline medical workers.
'We're going to start testing it in Ireland next week,' Keogh said. 'I hope no one ever has to use it. But some form of ventilator system is better than no ventilator system.'
The National Library
Internet Archive, the free digital library dedicated to making books and other learning materials accessible to all, has launched the National Emergency Library. The new resource, which boasts over 1.4 million books, responds to the growing need for immediate access to literature as libraries around the country respond to isolation.
Have been donating various products to frontline staff and noticed the most in demand product was handcream. Glossier's first ever hand cream will finally be released next week with the first 100,000 being gifted to frontline staff.
The healthy eating company are offering 30% off their healthy recipe boxes for NHS workers throughout this difficult time. To claim the discount, email firstname.lastname@example.org from your NHS email address and they'll give you a code for 30% off their healthy recipe boxes.
In response to 'panic buying', Beauty Banks are providing people in poverty with essential hygiene items. Beauty Banks founders Jo Jones and Sali Hughes have launched a GoFundMe campaign to ensure that people in poverty are still able to access the basics. The #helpinghands appeal aims to “support people in the UK who can’t afford to keep themselves and their families as safe from coronavirus (Covid-19) as others.”
World war 2 Veteran, Tom Moore has raised £18 million for the NHS by doing laps of his garden using his zimmer frame. He sucessfully completed 100 laps and will continue so long as people continue to donate.
Arts Council England
Arts Council England is making £20 million available to individuals working in the cultural sector, including artists, creative practitioners and freelancers. Those who have a track record in publicly funded culture will be able to apply for a grant of up to £2,500. Applications will open by 3 April; more information is available on the Art's Council website.