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Community coronavirus: our feel good stories of the week

Image credit: Emma Blowers and Joshua Poole.

To show the marvellous community spirit that our region continues to show, we've put together some of our favourite feel good stories of the week:

International student donates PPE

Songze Chang, a University of East Anglia student from Shangxi in China, has been distributing face masks to the elderly in Norwich with his friends.

He said he began to do so after being approached by a man in a supermarket who asked where he'd managed to find one.

From then on, Songze started ordering masks and hand gel on the internet from China to hand out, and has since been sent around 8,000 masks after posting an appeal on Tik Tok.

He sent us this message to explain more:

VE Day 75

While VE Day would usually be celebrated through street parties, ceremonies and various other gatherings, that was not possible this year due to the pandemic.

The coronavirus crisis, however, did not stop people from marking the 75th anniversary. Across the region, houses were still covered in Union Jack bunting, with some people even holding social distanced street parties from the safety of their own gardens.

Staff and councillors at East Suffolk Council paid tribute by compiling a video of them reading We'll Meet Again

Treats for Colchester Hospital

Communities across the region have shared their thanks for our healthcare workers in various ways, such as Clap for Carers, donating PPE where possible, and cooking meals for them.

The Great Bentley Community Support Group, who provides services for vulnerable people and health staff, baked a range of goodies for staff at Colchester Hospital.

We spoke to Scarlet Rose, who runs the volunteer group, before they made the delivery last weekend:

"One beer to go please"

Businesses throughout the country have been put on hold to keep people safe during the pandemic, including pubs, with many finding they have barrels of beer at risk of going to waste.

To avoid it being poured down the drain, The Greyhound in Ipswich decided to begin selling takeaway pints between Thursdays and Saturdays, with customers bringing their own cups, jugs and even jerry cans, and placing orders while adhering to social distancing measures.

The idea proved so popular, the pub has had to restock four times at the time of writing, and is selling 500 takeaway pints each week.

Dan Lightfoot, landlord of the pub, told us more:

NNUH's thank you to the community

Throughout the pandemic, community spirit across the region has shone bright, with groups joining forces to help support our key workers.

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) has shared its gratitude to the thousands of people, companies, charities, community groups and public sector organisations who have helped them continue supporting patients and families affected by the virus.

The hospital created a video message thanking people's efforts, and created the poster below which showcases just some of the support received during the Covid-19 crisis.

Ipswich Tidal Barrier

Every Thursday we line our streets to show appreciation to the NHS and key workers continuing to help the nation through the coronavirus outbreak.

To pay tribute to those on the frontline, the Environment Agency illuminated the Ipswich Tidal Barrier blue last night, 14th May:

We will be compiling round-ups of a selection of our favourite community stories each week during the pandemic. If you have something you think we might be interested in, get in touch with our news team or post it on our Community Messages Board

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