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Local writers reflect on life in lock-down.
“Changes and Travelling” is by Lucie Bloomfield, a former Queen’s pupil now studying Religions, Philosophies and Ethics at Bath Spa University. Isolating back home with her family, she created an online magazine, “The Philosopher’s Review”. Here she tells how the coronavirus cut short her year abroad, and what she’s learned about herself in the time of lockdown. (If you’d like to read her latest edition of The Philosopher’s Review, just email email@example.com” )
“It’s ok to feel S.H.I.T. – Young mental health in the coronavirus crisis”. Susie Weaver has raised £12,000 for mental health charity YoungMinds, selling over a thousand T-shirts bearing the slogan “It’s OK to feel S.H.I.T.”. Here she talks about her campaign and a cause which has felt even more important as young people struggle with the challenges of lockdown.
“We will meet again”. Local filmmakers Marie Lanna and Jaime Feliu-Torres have produced a wonderful short film acknowledging the contribution of our key-workers during the Corona Crisis. Filmed mostly in Kew, the film features many familiar faces and has been widely shared in the community and beyond. Here Marie explains the inspiration for the film and the process of creating it.
“Kew Sews Scrubs”. As the crisis began, Ela Kaczmarska was inspired to start providing scrubs when her husband, a consultant working with Covid patients, told of the difficulties his colleagues were facing. Ela soon recruited other local talent. Kew Sews Scrubs has been supplying local hospices and care homes over the past weeks, and has inspired yet more talented people to join in the effort. Here, Ela tells their story.
“Thoughts from a KNA volunteer” The Kew Neighbourhood Association is hugely-experienced in supporting vulnerable members of our community, and they’ve had an influx of wonderful local volunteers. Here is one new helper’s story.
“Bad Things Happen, But People Survive” by Mike Thexton. He was a hostage in the hijacking of PanAm 073 at Karachi Airport in 1986. He tells the story of the day and the aftermath in “What Happened to the Hippy Man?”. In normal times, he referees Kew Park Rangers football matches, where the experience of the hijack helps him not to mind the views of the crowd…..
“Thoughts from Space” by Kew resident Helen Sharman – she was the UK’s first astronaut, and the first woman to visit the MIR space station, so knows how to cope with isolation! Now she has recorded a fascinating online Q&A session with Richmond children, which can be seen here.
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Richmond Council latest guidance
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MP Sarah Olney’s advice
Religious services and assistance during lockdown
Scams we have heard about during this crisis
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Kew Neighbourhood Association message
Food Donations for Elderly and Vulnerable Residents
Kew Ward – Mutual Aid COVID-19 Facebook Group – street by street What’sApp groups
Free on-line talks from The National Archives