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THANK YOU! Acts of virus crisis kindness

Kind-hearted businesses, organisations and individuals who are doing their bit to help others during the lockdown

03 April, 2020

Ailbhe Shields shaved off her hair to raise money for the Whittington Hospital

IT is becoming a familiar refrain: After the coronavirus crisis is over, remember those who tried to help others, remember their acts of kindness in a crisis. So, while some big companies have pulled up the drawbridge, rushed to lay people off and slash wages, the Tribune is being sent examples of businesses, organisations and kind-hearted individuals on the ground who are trying to help others get through. Each week, we will try to feature as many as we can. And as people are saying all over: Remember them when the pandemic has passed.

Beautiful launderette

A FAMILY-OWNED launderette is offering a free service for elderly people who are stuck at home during the coronavirus crisis. The 1 Stop Wash Eco-Laundry & Dry Cleaning will arrange to pick up laundry from the home of anyone over the age of 70, wash it and return it for free. Rohit Dhillon, owner of the launderette in Caledonian Road, said: “We were doing really well before the virus and now business has halted completely. Now it’s time for businesses like us to take responsibility and take any sort of action we can to help people.” Anyone wanting to use the service should call 020 7837 4997.

Locks down in lockdown

A 13-year-old girl has raised more than £1,500 for the Whittington Hospital by shaving off her hair during the lockdown. Ailbhe Shields ‘buzzed’ her shoulder length hair on Wednesday. The hair will be sent to the Little Princess Trust which provides wigs for children who have lost hair due to cancer and alopecia. Ailbhe said: “I’m super happy about the money I’ve raised for NHS workers. And luckily I loved the way it looks. Mum did a great job.”

Lab-fab schools

GOGGLES normally used to protect pupils in science classes have been donated to the Whittington by schools across Islington. Prince Gennuh, head at the City of London Academy in Highgate Hill helped deliver 150 goggles to staff this week. “We are determined to support the NHS during the crisis in whichever way is possible.” The City of London Academy Islington in Prebend Street, Angel, and London Met in Holloway Road have also provided supplies.

Share it with flowers

VOLUNTEERS at the Sunnyside Community Gardens in Archway have delivered plants and flowers to neighbours in isolation on the Elthorne Estate. Manager Anna Portch said: “We are encouraging local residents to share pictures of their house plants and ‘mini gardens’ on social media, so we can create a ‘virtual Sunnyside’ for everyone indoors to enjoy.”

Special deliveries

WITH lockdown rules in place, it is unsurprisingly a slightly more challenging task to get the Tribune to you each week. But last week volunteers who recognise the importance of sharing the weekly news in a crisis came forward to help us with extra deliveries. Thanks must go to all the shops still open for essentials who added it to their counters and the individuals who took extra copies for their neighbours and care home. If you would like to help and have the time to volunteer, please contact


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