Compare Listings

Ten Feelgood Stories That Made Us Smile During Lockdown

Ten Feelgood Stories That Made Us Smile During Lockdown

Three months is a long time when you’re in lockdown. In this three-minute read, we look back at some of the feelgood stories and snippets that cheered us up during this extraordinary period.

Clapping for the NHS

We Brits are usually quite reserved, so it was quite something to see so many people out on the streets clapping, cheering and banging saucepans for the NHS. The first Clap for Carers took place on Thursday, March 26. It went on to become a regular fixture at 8 pm every Thursday for ten weeks.

Pandas finally mate

In early April zookeepers at Ocean Park Zoo, Hong Kong, excitedly revealed that after ten years of “trial and learning”, resident pandas Ying Ying and Le Le had finally mated. The notoriously shy creatures did the deed while the zoo was closed to the public. Staff now hope to hear the pitter-patter of little panda paws later this year.

Captain captivates the nation

Captain Tom Moore won the nation’s heart by walking 100 laps of his garden in mid-April to raise £37 million for the NHS. The Army veteran was later made an honorary Colonel and knighted for his efforts. In a sign of just how much he captured the public’s imagination, the all-around true gent received 150,000 birthday cards when he turned 100 on April 30.

Making something of a situation

We marvelled at the crafty types who rallied during the height of the PPE shortage and made all manner of useful items. A network of sewers called Scrub Hubs created hospital scrubs for NHS staff. Meanwhile, a group of 3D printer owners formed the 3D Crowd and made thousands of face masks for GPs, pharmacists and paramedics. Blue Peter eat your heart out.

Down to earth volunteers

While we might have been in lockdown, nature wasn’t – leaving a Scottish environmental charity in a quandary. Trees for Life had 100,000 trees, all grown from seed in its Dundreggan nursery, ready for spring planting. But with the workforce out of action, this had to be put on hold, leaving the native plants at risk of drying out and dying. That was until six people volunteered to isolate together on the remote Glenmoriston Estate to look after the trees.

Pressing engagements

We felt for supermarket worker Mandy Hamling, who had to postpone her wedding due to Covid-19. Thankfully when she turned up to work at Asda in Leckwith, Cardiff, on what should have been her wedding day, her colleagues made one almighty fuss of her. They presented her with a veil and sash and cheered her on as she walked down the (supermarket) aisle to Chapel of Love. Nice work guys.

Random act of kindness

Thumbs up to the mystery man who washed the windows of 700 properties in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, for free. Apparently “Scott” wanted to do his bit for the local area by sprucing it up a little bit.

Lockdown trends

To keep busy while staying at home many of us turned to listening to the radio, getting out on our bikes and doing the odd jigsaw. During the lockdown, listening figures for the BBC rose by 18%, cycling rose by 200% (on weekends), and demand for jigsaw puzzles rose by 43%. Let’s hope the enthusiasm for these activities doesn’t wane too much now that the shops are open, and the Premier League is back in action.

Community spirit

It’s been heartening to see, so many people across the country pull together to help those who are less fortunate. In one small part of north-west London, for example, charity Mutual Aid Willesden provided aid for 1,687 households over 12 weeks. This was delivered by way of parcels of food and other essentials, and books and toys. Fantastic work, but what’s even more amazing is there are thousands of similar groups out there making a difference. That’s true community spirit.

The power of kindness

New research from Harvard University has found that the benefits of volunteering are far-reaching. As well as strengthening communities it helps protect against loneliness, depression and ill health. A study of 13,000 people over 50 found that those who volunteered for two hours a week had a reduced risk of death, less chance of developing a physical impairment and a greater overall sense of well-being.

The past few months have been unprecedented and surreal at times, but we’re still standing and positive about the future.

Remember at Knights Property Services we’re here to help and proud to serve the people of our community.

Whether you are selling, buying, letting or renting, we’re here to help. Call Jon and our team on 01276 539111 or email:  for expert advice which is honest, accurate and informative.

If you’re looking to sell, book your free sales valuation now

If you’re looking to let, book your free lettings valuation now

Related posts

Top Tips For First-Time Landlords

Deciding to become a landlord is a big step. It can be both exciting and daunting. Here at...

Continue reading

10 Little Lockdown Jobs For People To Do Indoors

If you’re at home with time on your hands at the moment here are 10 ‘little’ jobs you can...

Continue reading

Three Stories To Lift Your Spirits

We may be in the middle of a winter lockdown, but there are still plenty of reasons to be...

Continue reading