GOOD NEWS STORIES

In an ever-changing world, it makes sense to take a positive view of what’s going on around us. So, here’s our pick of the best good news stories from this week to give you that warm cosy glow inside… so settle down with a cup of tea, have a read and appreciate the good stuff.

The good news sisters

Two sisters in Nottinghamshire have started a “good news” newsletter to spread some positive news during the lockdown. They began writing the weekly update when they realised that negative stories were beginning to dominate the news. One of their tweets was picked by Buzzfeed and is now running across 39 BBC local radio stations to connect communities. People from all over the world are now thanking the sisters for sharing positive stories and brightening a difficult time.
To find out more, read the original article on the BBC news site

Olympic ways to lift each other up

The Olympic family of athletes website is featuring good news stories from around the world to lift everyone’s spirits. Our good news story from 2 April is based on a tweet from USA Swimming suggesting we swim indoors to boost us both physically and mentally - you don’t need a pool to do it! Happy swimming

Cardiff’s Disney parade

You may have heard about the campaign to put rainbows and sunshine into windows to cheer and motivate our children. Our story from 3 April features a man who’s gone just a bit further. Adrian Currie has been using his daily hour of exercise to entertain the children of Cardiff. He’s been dressing as Disney characters and making children’s days by waving at them as he walks past their windows. You’ll find more info on the BBC website. 

Dalek helps the doctor(s)

It’s not often you’ll find a Dalek patrolling the streets. But this week, in the village of Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire, one Dalek did just that.
In videos taken by residents of the village, it can be seen roaming the deserted streets and ordering “all humans to self-isolate by order of the Daleks”. Who’s going to argue with that?!  

Bringing the generations together

A young girl’s concern about her 93 year old neighbour made the news today. Five year old Kirah decided to write a letter to her 93 year old neighbour and sent him a drawing of a rainbow to let him know she was thinking of him.

The touching letter was signed “from your neighbour at number 9” and reads: 
“I have to stay at home because of the coronavirus. I just wanted to check to see if you’re OK? I have drawn you a rainbow to remind you that you are not alone. Please write back if you can.”

Her neighbour was delighted to receive the message, and he took the time to write to Kirah to thank her. “Like you I am in isolation so it was so nice to hear of your concern for me,” he wrote, signing his letter off with “Ron at number 24”.

If you’d like to see the letters, you’ll find them in @hey_im_ginger’s Twitter feed.