How the Midlands is staying positive during the coronavirus pandemic

People across the Midlands have carried out lots of positive acts to uplift and entertain their community, as well as help raise money for charities during the Coronavirus pandemic.

  • Virtual choir

Stage it! A Performing Arts Academy for 4-18 year olds, based in Tamworth decided to create a virtual choir to thank NHS workers "for everything they are doing during the Coronavirus crisis."

They decided to sing 'Fix You' by Coldplay, one of the choir's favourite songs.

Watch their cover below:

  • Virtual rugby pass

In an attempt to tackle isolation blues the under 14's Walsall rugby team have filmed a video of them passing a rugby ball to every member of the team - apart from one who didn't have a rugby ball at home and said a football would ruin it.

We had to speed it up because there are so many passes, but here it is:

  • Distributing uniform bags made for midwives and NHS staff

Vicki Hill, a midwife from Birmingham, is collecting uniform bags that others in the community have made, to donate to midwives and NHS staff so they can get changed at work and take their uniforms home in a washable bag.

Vicki says she has collected and given out around 300 around Solihull, and around 600 in less than a week.

Vicki has also created a Facebook group for people who donate the bags, and she says she's "so proud" of everyone involved in creating them.

The bags are made and donated by people in a Facebook group Vicki set up, and Vicki then delivers them to staff Credit: Midlands NHS Uniform bag Donations Facebook Group / Vicki Hill
  • Raising £5,000 for NHS staff

Voices for New Cross has brought together 5 artists from Wolverhampton who have collaborated on a cover of 'True Colours' by Cyndi Lauper to raise money for NHS staff at New Cross Hospital.

They are trying to raise £5,000 for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Charity, and at the time of writing have raised over £4,700.

Watch their cover below:

  • Rainbows

Pictures of rainbows have appeared in windows across the Midlands after a campaign encouraged children to put up paintings to spread positivity and hope.

More and more are continuing to appear, including this one below:

Karen Dowen, Lichfield

Credit: Karen Dowen

Two Rivers School, Tamworth

A fashion business based in Leicester has launched a rainbow t-shirt which will have all of its profits being split equally between the NHS and AgeUK.

Ma & Me say that they have sold over 1000 of the shirts in just over a week. Because of this, they say that they have been able to respond to a nurse's appeal and will be donating 500 headbands to their local hospital to stop the elastic hurting the back of doctor's and nurse's ears.

Two customers wearing the Ma & Me shirts Credit: Ma & Me
  • Sharing Easter activities for others to complete

Two little sisters from Rugeley have been sharing ideas for Easter activities for families to complete.

May and Eva Willis are the stars of a series made by Co-op, and share activities that can be completed at home or while people are enjoying their daily exercise.

May and Eva Willis, from Rugeley, making Easter bonnets Credit: entral England Co-operative Limited

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