Acts of kindness show people in Britain coming together in coronavirus outbreak

People all over the UK are sharing tales of kindness from the Covid-19 crisis

Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 11:13 pm

Updated Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 11:14 pm
Signs held by mannequins in a closed Belfast clothes stores advising people to, Take Care and Be Kind (Photo: Liam McBurney/PA)Signs held by mannequins in a closed Belfast clothes stores advising people to, Take Care and Be Kind (Photo: Liam McBurney/PA)
Signs held by mannequins in a closed Belfast clothes stores advising people to, Take Care and Be Kind (Photo: Liam McBurney/PA)

A girl who spent her eighth birthday in lockdown was treated to a rousing chorus of happy birthday by her neighbours who sang from their windows and doorsteps.

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“She was utterly overwhelmed, I’ve never seen her go so shy,” Sophia Thomas’s mother Alison told the Southern Daily Echo. “She’s normally very sassy, but she actually fell to the floor.

“What was going to be quite an uneventful birthday for her has turned into the best day ever.”

Cheering people up

Aaron Rich created the clip as part of his IT homework and it was viewed more than 600,000 times after his father shared it on social media.

The youngster is now hoping to create more videos and donate any proceeds to his local hospital.

A "Be Kind" sign pictured in a street in west Putney (Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty)A "Be Kind" sign pictured in a street in west Putney (Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty)
A “Be Kind” sign pictured in a street in west Putney (Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty)

Despite having to cope with mass panic-buying, shops and supermarkets have also played host to their fair share of touching moments.

“Popped 2 Waitrose & mentioned I was NHS staff whilst waiting in queue,” Kathryn Smith told her followers on Twitter.

“B4 I knew it I had been whisked to the front, given a basket, taken out the back to where they had shelves of stuff just for NHS staff! I was quite overwhelmed & got a bit tearful.”

“Elderly gentleman came in today and his debit card couldn’t work,” another person wrote.

“Had no means of paying and was all alone. So I paid for his shopping. In times like these we need to look out for each other.”

Showing support

In Staffordshire, staff at the Co-op Academy Friarswood shared a photograph of a thank you card given to teachers in a show of appreciation.

“Thank you so much for looking after the children at this difficult time,” it read. “Everyone has shown so much kindness and understanding and made the kids feel safe.”

“During this very difficult time in school, receiving this card today from one of our parents has made all the difference,” the school wrote on Twitter. “Thank you so much for your support.”


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