Welcome to our Feel Good Friday News Bulletin, where we are putting together a weekly round-up of the positive stories we are hearing – to break through the noise of all the not-so-positive and stressful news we are exposed to 24/7 right now.
Check out this week’s feel-good stories below.
The Choice Hotel Group has offered 1,800 free stays to healthcare workers that are worth a total of €250,000. Properties in this group include the g, the House and the Hardiman hotels in Galway, the Shoreline Hotel in Donabate, Co Dublin, and Hotel Woodstock in Ennis, Co. Clare.
The offer, launched across its social media platforms, rewarded the first 1,800 subscribers with a free night’s B&B at a hotel of their choice between August 1 of this year and July 31, 2021.
Andy O’Neill, Group CEO, said:
“We wanted to express our deep gratitude to those on the frontline bravely working on our behalf, and by giving our frontline workers a well-deserved break to look forward to when all this is over. They are truly amazing people.”
To help keep the NHS on the move, Uber UK are committing free rides to and from work, and free meals through Uber Eats for NHS staff after a busy shift. The free rides and meals can be claimed by anyone with an NHS email address, including many of the 300,000 nurses in the UK.
To support the heroes on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis, they are committing 200,000 free trips up to a value of £15 each to help staff get to and from work and will cover NHS staff with a £10 voucher they can use to buy a meal from thousands of restaurants and convenience stores in more than 150 towns and cities across the UK.
Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO, Uber said:
“The incredible nurses, doctors and support staff of the NHS are doing heroic work at the forefront of this crisis, and everyone at Uber thanks them for their extraordinary efforts. We hope we can help in a small way with meals and transportation as they work tirelessly day and night.”
Recognising ventilator demand has surpassed supply, Medtronic, Medtech firm headquartered in Co. Galway, are publicly sharing design specifications for their PB560 ventilator. This will allow participants across industries to evaluate options for rapid manufacturing in response to COVID-19.
The Puritan Bennet 560 has been on sale for ten years and is sold in 35 countries around the world. It is suitable for both adults and children and can be used in hospitals and in-home settings.
The company has published product and service manuals as well as design requirement documents, manufacturing documents and schematics on its website for others to access. The software code will be posted at a later date.
Bob White, executive vice-president of Medtronic, said:
“By openly sharing the PB 560 design information, we hope to increase global production of ventilator solutions for the fight against COVID-19,”
Lisa Price, from Singing and Music School based in Lucan is connecting with Choirs across social media by hosting ‘Facebook Live Singalongs’. Members of the Coombe Hospital staff workplace choir, Esker Lucan Active Retirement and my Pop Up Community choirs and indeed Lisa’s own Singing Students are all tuning in. The goal of this ‘Choral Collaboration’ is to encourage people to get involved in an uplifting activity that can elevate their household’s mood during this difficult period.
The next Live stream is taking place this Sunday at 3pm once again. Visit Lisa’s page if you would like to get involved
I’m asking my network to share with me any funny, positive or uplifting news that you’ve heard about recently – whether this is a success for a business, a business ‘giving back’ to society, an instance where someone went over and above to help somebody out, or any other bit of ‘good news’ that you feel deserves public credit and a share. Both company and personal examples very much welcomed.
Please send me your stories via direct mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or if you spot something online please share the link so we can follow up.
Author: Ellie Doyle
Ellie brings a pragmatic approach to clients hiring challenges, and believes in the power of asking the right questions. She has a phenomenal network of industry contacts – if anyone knows the person for the job, its Ellie. She is famous for her ability to retain even the smallest detail.