As we enter into week 8 of a totally new way of living and working, I have reflected on all the things that have happened since my last Blog.
You may recall that I shared a photograph of me in a long, elegant red dress putting my recycling bin out and referencing a charity challenge?
Little did I realise at the time that my "red dress" challenge would be so warmly received and that so many ladies (and yes, a couple of chaps) would also show their love and appreciation for the bin men and ladies (who are also key workers) and pledge to have a photo taken whilst putting out their bin. They will donate the dress to a deserving charity shop as soon as they can open their doors again, thus helping raise money from a pre-loved garment.
I will donate my dress (and no doubt countless other bags of donations) to our charity of choice this year, Wakefield Hospice.
The power of social media is immense and it has been incredible to see how such a very simple idea can have such a significant impact.
As you can see from the photo below, Sam struggled with a summer dress however top marks to her for joining in regardless!
There has been some memorable dates including 30th April when the inspirational World War 2 veteran Captain Tom Moore not only celebrated his 100th birthday but was also appointed to the rank of honorary colonel. Having raised over £32m for NHS charities, it really does go to show that absolutely everybody is capable of making a difference.
I found the VE Day celebrations to be ones of mixed emotions and immense pride. Joining millions of people throughout the country in falling silent at 11am to remember those who served in the second World War. Followed by a traditional afternoon tea in the garden that was bedecked with bunting and flags (no half measures with me) and ending singing "We'll meet again" with tears in my eyes.
There are many parallels between the struggles of the War and the situation we have found overselves going through today. We look to that generation to learn from their experiences and spirit as we continue with our daily lives.
There has been lots to celebrate at TopicUK too, including the news that Nicky Chance Thompson DL, our friend, CEO and Trustee of The Piece Hall has joined the Welcome to Yorkshire Board. Nicky brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role and we wish her every success.
Over at "Yorkshire Businesswoman" there has been lots to smile about. Over the last few weeks we have welcomed many businesses who are currently unable to trade, the opportunity to write an article on their industry - sharing guidance and advice that has proved to be warmly received during lockdown. From legal matters to nutrition, skin care to makeup, we thank them all.
We are especially delighted to announce that we are welcoming a resident expert hairdresser - critically acclaimed as "hairdressing royalty" Andrew Barton. Born in Yorkshire and now based in London, Andrew is incredibly proud of his home county and we have lots of exciting plans in the pipeline!
On Sunday 10th May, I was glued to the tv as our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson made his announcement and showed the new Covid-19 message:
"Stay Alert, Control The Virus, Save Lives"
I will never discuss politics nor pass personal opinions on this platform however what did strike me was that the colour choice of the message had gone from red (danger, stop) to green (go). I sincerely hope that gradually, with caution and the safety and health of all as a priority, we can support our many partners as they "return to work" and continue to champion those who have battled on during this pandemic.
I would like to end quoting Sir Winston Churchill:
"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference".
And I will continue to remain positive throughout.
Stay alert, keep well.