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Make A Difference: Vital supplies delivered to new parents


New parents are being supported through the coronavirus crisis by the Brum Baby Bank, who are delivering vital baby.

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Volunteers are taking orders from isolated and ill mums for nappies, baby milk and other essentials.

They can be contacted by calling BVSC - The Centre for Voluntary Action, on 0121 643 4343.

Girl leaves neighbour's a gift to 'lift their spirits'

A seven-year-old girl handed out notes and flowers to her neighbours in Cramlington to "lift their spirits" during the outbreak of coronavirus.

Ava-Jayne left a daffodil and a hand-written message on the doorsteps of homes on her estate saying "kindness is free, hope to make you smile" while on their daily walk.

Her mum Gina-Lee said they wanted to "pop a smile" on people's faces.

Gina-lee Buck
Gina-lee Buck

Winchester Hat Fair cancelled over coronavirus

Winchester's annual Hat Fair - due to take place on the first weekend in July - is the latest summer event to be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The event is England's longest running festival of street arts and outdoor performance and regularly attracts audiences of up to 90,000.

Deryck Newland, from organisers Play to the Crowd, said it was the "right decision in these times".

"We are also painfully aware of the very challenging impact on the whole creative and arts sector and are thinking of all those independent performance companies, artists and practitioners whose livelihoods are at risk," he added.

Winchester Hat Fair
Winchester Hat Fair

Round-the-clock helpline set up for vulnerable people

A 24-hour helpline has been set up to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication.

The helpline – called Kent Together - provides a single point of contact for anyone in the county who is in urgent need of help during the coronavirus outbreak.

It is a collaboration between Kent County Council, central Government, district, borough and local councils and other organisations and groups, including the NHS, to ensure help is at hand.

It is also a place for people to report concerns about the welfare of someone.

Kent County Council leader Roger Gough said: “In every district and borough throughout Kent and Medway there has been an incredible and heartening response to this pandemic, and we have a huge army of remarkable, public-spirited volunteers who are ready and willing to help each other through these challenging times."

People who are vulnerable and have an urgent need that cannot be met through existing support networks can contact the Kent Together helpline at or on 03000 41 92 92.

'You are wonderful' - messages for refuse collectors

Allen Cook

BBC News

Refuse collectors have been feeling the love from grateful residents.

Message taped to bin
Birmingham City Council

Notes have started appearing in the windows of houses and taped to bins, thanking staff in Birmingham for continuing to pick up the rubbish.

Councillor John O'Shea said: "The positive words are having a great effect on morale."

He also added they were continuing to give protective equipment to workers and the items worn as standard by bin crews "is adequate".