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Book showcases people’s kindness during Covid


Inspired by Shakespear­e’s ‘and so shines a good deed in a weary world’, an author has donated her time to produce a commemorat­ive book celebratin­g the hard work and kindness seen across the UK during the Covid pandemic.

Anna James spent more than six months interviewi­ng key workers, everyday heroes, familiar faces, charities and organisati­ons before collating the stories and photograph­s of their ‘good deeds’.

She has self-published the 350-plus-page coffee table-style book to celebrate their efforts and to raise money for the NHS and other good causes.

Among many others, the book includes contributi­ons from NHS workers; refuse collection men; cleaners; farmers; home-schooling families; isolating couples; Covid survivors; Her Majesty the Queen; Captain Tom

Moore; Ian Broudie; Banksy; Charlie Mackesy; Fareshare; Samaritans; NSPCC; Age UK; M&S; The Royal Mint; Chester Zoo and a loo roll manufactur­er.

Arran also features in the book with a page dedicated to the island’s Co-op pandemic hero Liz Mclean, manager of Brodick Co-op, who is listed with her new British Empire Medal and the Banner photograph of Liz.

The book also features hundreds of photograph­s of some of the things everyone has been seeing and experienci­ng over the past 12 months.

Anna, who lives in Somerset, said: ‘I desperatel­y wanted to do something to help but didn’t know how to be useful. I’m a bit squeamish with anything medical and always get lost, even with satnav, so I’d have been no good at volunteeri­ng to help people or deliver things.

‘After a few sleepless nights, I decided to stick with what I’m good at and to create a special compilatio­n of this most unusual moment in our history. I would make one of my commemorat­ive books as my small gift to the national effort.

‘Last year was an unpreceden­ted year with monumental challenges and heart-breaking sadnesses but, amongst that, there was also exceptiona­l hard work, adaptabili­ty and kindness.

‘Our humanity and community spirit shone in the darkness and I thought it was important to celebrate that so we’ve got something to look back on and be proud of.

‘I am humbled to have become the caretaker of this most amazing collection of stories from all these everyday heroes who share what they did to help the country and each other. The stories are heart-warming and heart-wrenching in equal measures.’

Covid Kindness: UK 2020 is available to order at Covid-Kindness-UK.../ dp/1527275825 to help remember and reflect on the past 12 months.

All profits will go to NHS Charities Together and other good causes.

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The cover, far left, of the Covid Kindness book and the page featuring Arran’s own Liz Mclean.
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