Kind gestures during coronavirus lockdown - from anonymous gifts to pony visits
Ponies have been wandering up to windows to 'spread smiles' to people isolating, a local bookshop is delivering books to vulnerable people, and a pair of teenagers are delivering care packages to the elderlyPeople all over the country have been performing kind gestures during the coronavirus pandemic - from sending anonymous gifts to NHS workers to organising pony visits. A mysterious good Samaritan has been leaving gifts for brave NHS workers in hospital car parks. Two teenagers heartbroken after seeing an old man "left with nothing" in his shopping basket are now delivering care packages to the elderly in self-isolation. Ponies have been wandering up to windows to "spread smiles" to people isolating themselves indoors. Free parking is being offered to NHS workers at many car parks to say thank you for their hard work. An airbnb host is offering her flat out to NHS key staff for six weeks. And a local bookshop is making sure vulnerable people self isolating still have enough material to read - by delivering to customers by foot, by bike, and by car. A kind-hearted stranger - know only as 'James' - has left several shoe boxes containing items such as toilet roll, moisturiser, vouchers and alcohol to NHS staff. The thoughtful presents have appeared in the car park of John Radcliffe Hospital and at Didcot Ambulance Station in Oxford, Oxon in recent days. An attached note reads: "Dear NHS worker, just a little thank you. "Hopefully you find some of it useful when all of this is over. Get yourself a treat. "James x." One worker posted her find on a local Facebook group in the hope of finding the anonymous samaritan. She said: "I'm not sure if this will get to the right person but everyone at the John Radcliffe Hospital would like to say thank you the lovely man that was putting surprise shoe boxes on cars in the carpark! "Thank you, you bought tears to our eyes." In another kind act, best pals Sam Hornsby and Matty Perry were left feeling upset when they saw an old man who looked desolate as he struggled to get supplies due to coronavirus shortages. But the 17-year-olds wanted to deliver smiles around their community and immediately devised a plan to help others who were self-isolating due to Covid-19. They pooled together roughly £15 each of their own money and bought items like pasta, porridge, biscuits, toilet roll and teabags and filled 10 bags to be delivered. They went door-to-door around the village of Harlington, South Yorks., where they live, and now plan to continue for as long as they can. Sam, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, said: "We saw him looking so sad and he was left with nothing, he was just looking at a single bag of flour he had in his hand. "All I was thinking was that I would never want to see my grandparents left to feel like that - it was so heartbreaking. "As we walked out of ASDA we said let's chip our money in together and see what we can do to help our little village. "It blew up from there and now we're hoping to continue to help as many people as we can." He added: "We want to inspire others to take care of the elderly in the way they took care of us." Ponies have been wandering up to windows to "spread smiles" as Britain enters full coronavirus lockdown. The equines made house calls after accepting requests to be brought up to people's homes. They stand close to windows to keep visits contact-free and to give space to self-isolating residents. The animals are from Park Lane Stables in Teddington, Surrey. Earlier this week, the riding centre said: "Out and about with Park Lane Stables RDA in Teddington Town as they took to the streets of Teddington to spread some smiles to isolated due to Covid19 Coronavirus." The Little Ripon Bookshop in North Yorkshire, has become an important lifeline for lonely elderly residents who have been forced into quarantine. Owners Gill and Simon Edwards have been adapting to the new lockdown measures by delivering books from their store to wherever people need them. Phoebe Edwards, 24, works in her parents shop and said they “owe” it to their customers to keep trying to get books to them however they can. She said: “We’re still healthy and for now can keep going around town, so long as we are sensible. “Delivering books to customers who can’t get out is something we’ve done before, because we have customers who are sometimes too ill to leave the house, or it would be much easier for them if they didn’t have to, so we try and do what we can. Phoebe said they didn’t want their customers to be “stuck with nothing to do”. “Books are one of the best sources of entertainment and escapism”, she said. “It wouldn’t do to be without.” Read More Coronavirus self-isolating hacks Bosses of a community bike share scheme have also offered the use of its 1,000 bicycles free to NHS staff during the coronavirus pandemic. Health service workers will be able to access the Beryl Bikes in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch, to help them get to and from work. They will need to sign in to the app using their NHS email address and will automatically be given free rides on the bikes that usually cost 5p per minute. Read more: Daily Mirror
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