As we say farewell to what has been one of the hardest years in living memory, we bring you a round up of some of the positive news throughout 2020. So sit back, pop the prosecco early and enjoy a couple of heartwarming news articles.
The Heros of 2020
The first woman to ever receive the approved COVID19 jab has not only recently had her second dose and is encouraging others to follow suit.
Captain Tom (1920 - 2020)
Who could forget national hero Sir Thomas Moore? We'd be happy for this incredible man to captain our ship because the WW2 veteran vowed to raise £1000 for the NHS by doing 100 laps of his garden. Well his goal came and went and as of 17th April, his total has surpassed £18 million! This incredible feat went a long way towards protecting our front line staff and beating this virus!
We will always remember this incredible man. RIP Tom.
After the shocking news that Parliament rejected the motion for free meals to vulnerable children, footballer Marcus Rashford stepped up to the plate. Having come from a low income family himself, he knows first hand what living below the poverty line can do to a family's morale. With the news of impending lockdowns nationwide, back in March, he teamed up with poverty and food waste charity, FareShare, to raise £20 million to provide food for children nationwide who, if still at school, would be receiving free school meals. In June, Rashford revealed that the charity had been able to reach three million children across the country, rising to four million in July! Many large and small businesses followed suit and offered free food during school holidays to those children in need
We couldn't create a piece of positive news all about 2020 without mentioning our incredible key and frontline workers. From NHS staff to supermarket workers, delivery drivers to emergency staff - we here at HP HQ cannot thank you enough for your incredible efforts this year.
If anything this year, we have learned that the when the going gets tough, the charitable spirit comes out. Inspired by Captain Tom, a number of our more senior citizens started their own fund raising campaigns for the NHS - from walks to climbing stairs, there were a number of ways that people chose to raise cash. Thank you to Margaret Payne, Win Page, Marjorie Lamb and Ruth Saunders to name just a few. Inspired by Marcus Rashford, little 7 year old Stanley Heaton wrote to his neighbours asking for them to donate food to hungry children back in November.
World News of 2020
Not on the menu
One theory of the origin of COVID-19 is that it came from a wild meat market. In light of this, China has now passed a law banning the consumption of wild animals. Great news for this guy ...
I Can See Clearly
Back in April, residents in the Punjab region of India were, for the first time in decades, able to see the Himalayas for the first time in decades thanks to reduced levels of air pollution. The mountains are visible from up to 125 miles away!
And in other news...
Dolphins spotted in the canals of Venice
Due to the lack of traffic and pollution caused by tourism and cruises from March onwards, nature has returned to the Venetian waterways. The water has cleared to such a degree that you can see the fish swimming around. Or, as this video demonstrates, even the dolphins have reclaimed the Italian coast.
Happy you're home
With the increased rates of people working from home, the first to benefit have been our four-legged-friends. Although, some have taken it to the extreme, like Rolo from Essex. His owner, Rachel, had noticed that he wasn't his normal waggy-tailed self. Turns out Rolo was so happy about the extra quality time that he sprained his tail wagging it too much. Poor Rolo, luckily, he has since made a full recovery!
We all love working from home and those that can have been sharing pics of them and their fur baby co-workers across the net to keep sprit is high. To be honest - we'd trade Carol in accounts for Fluffy, Head of Blep any day!
A Lockdown Love Story
Dating and the lockdown - two things that just aren't compatible... right? Not for Jeremy Cohen. The New Yorker was minding his own business when a rooftop dancing beauty caught his eye back in April. With the help of a drone and a long lens camera, he passed on his number....and the rest, as they say is history. Since they have been on a few 'dates' all recorded for your viewing pleasure on his Instagram. Check out parts 1 - 5 (with more being added all the time) on his page here.
And If All Else Fails...
Be more like Annette Muller, who went viral thanks to her sign asking for a top up of 'the essentials'