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Letter: Heartwarming acts of generosity in these testing times

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SIR – Recently there has been a lot of commentary in the national media with regards to businesses that have benefited as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. In many instances, the morality is highly questionable at a time when the country faced one its darkest hours.

But standing in stark contrast to these unpleasant examples are the incredible acts of generosity and kindness that many others have shown, none more so than the local businesses in our own community.

As a physiotherapist at Lymington hospital, I worked on the Covid wards throughout the height of the pandemic. Perhaps understandably, this was an anxious time for me, my family and my colleagues but the challenge was made that much more manageable with the support from the local community.

Among the many acts of kindness that stood out for me were that of Red Herring catering, who provided meals to hospital staff for months on end using food donated by our local Waitrose (Letters, 24th April).

Sanders Sails also went to incredible lengths to provide PPE and it was heartening to see their efforts given due recognition at the British Yachting awards last week, with their Outstanding Achievement of the Year award (A&T, 11th November).

New Forest Sewing for the NHS and the local community who devoted hundreds of hours of time to making scrubs (A&T, 17th April).

And finally, Will Stone Plumbing who showed their appreciation of the NHS efforts by gifting and installing a new boiler for me (A&T, 24th July) – a humbling act of generosity.

Like most people, I won’t have many fond memories of 2020 and there are a lot things that I would prefer to forget.

But the many acts of generosity from within our community are certainly not among those and we should remember these long after the pandemic has passed.

Alaine Brooks,


Pictured above: The Sanders Sails team celebrating their British Sailing Awards Outstanding Achievement gong

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