In these tough times, kindness has never been more important and now the UK’s kindest cities have been revealed, along with some of the most compassionate acts from across the country with Bristol coming up top.
Research by GalaBingo.com and its charity partner, 52 Lives, has revealed the UK cities which perform the most ‘good deeds’ on a regular basis, from offering up seats to the elderly, to donating to charity and picking up litter.
Bristol was crowned the UK’s kindest city, with the highest average number of good deeds done per person, per year.
Across the country, the most common good deeds are donating to a charity/the homeless (57%), offering to help a stranger in need (52%) and offering to help a loved one (49%).
Bristol street artist Banksy has created a new work – and put it on display in the corridor of a hospital.
work, he has called ‘Game Changer’, shows a boy in dungarees playing
with a nurse superhero toy, leaving Batman and Spiderman dolls in the
basket on the floor.
the first public work of art from the artist during the coronavirus
lockdown – he’d previously hinted that he’s been creative in the
lockdown by painting monkeys all over the walls of his toilet at home –
much to the annoyance of his wife.
But now, this work of art was left at Southampton General Hospital, and he included a note to accompany it, staff said.
“Thanks for all you’re doing,” the note read. “I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if it’s only black and white.”
The work, which has been hung in the corridor of Level C at the city’s hospital, where staff and patients can see it – was then posted on Banksy’s Instagram page, along with the title: Game Changer.
spokesperson for Banksy confirmed that after lockdown measures are
lifted, the work of art – which is a metre high and a metre wide – will
be put on public display, and then will be auctioned to raise money for
Hospital boss Paula Head, the chief executive of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, said it was a huge honour to get a surprise Banksy.
“Here at Southampton, our hospital family has been directly impacted
with the tragic loss of much loved and respected members of staff and
friends,” she said.
“The fact that Banksy has chosen us to
recognise the outstanding contribution everyone in and with the NHS is
making, in unprecedented times, is a huge honour.
“It will be really valued by everyone in the hospital as people get a moment in their busy lives to pause, reflect and appreciate this piece of art.
“It will no doubt also be a massive boost to morale for everyone who works and is cared for at our hospital,” she added.
hospital previously paid tribute to members of staff Mike Brown, 61,
and Katy Davis, 38, who both died after testing positive for
Mr Brown, a linen porter who had been with the organisation for 20 years, died on April 29 after receiving care in the hospital’s critical care unit. He was described as a well-recognised and popular member of staff who shared his good sense of humour with those around him.
Brothers from Bristol take sausage van to hospital to feed NHS staff for free
Three brothers from Bristol decided to put their takeaway food van to good use during the lockdown and handed out free sausage and bacon baps to hospital staff.
The Jolly Hog parked their van, nicknamed ‘Miss Piggy’, in the car park of Southmead Hospital.
The team would usually take their van to festivals like Glastonbury, but the lockdown has forced events around the country to be cancelled or postponed.
The brothers plan almost didn’t happen. When they first had the idea, they were without a generator to power the van, so posted an appeal online.
Thankfully, a man from Manchester answered their call and drove all the way to Bristol in the early hours to deliver a generator.
The food was certainly a hit with the hospital staff and the three brothers -Olly, Josh and Max – plan to head back to Southmead to put more smiles on the faces of those fighting coronavirus on the frontline.
Bristol could become the UK city to ban diesel cars from entering the city centre in a dramatic bid to cut air pollution. The local authority approved plans to impose a clean air zone at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday night. It means privately owned diesel cars won’t be allowed in certain central areas between 7am and 3pm, every day of the week. The scheme, which needs government approval, is due to start in 2021. Commercial diesel vehicles such as buses and delivery trucks will be charged £9 to enter the exclusion zone, but this won’t be an option for ordinary drivers. Under the plans, even newer, cleaner diesels would be prohibited, despite the fact many are more environmentally-friendly than older petrol cars.
As well as banning diesels, the clean air plans include introducing a vehicle scrappage scheme to help drivers replace diesels with petrol or hybrid and electric cars.
Bristol has long suffered from poor air quality, particularly from high levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2). It is under a legal obligation to reduce air pollution but has twice missed government deadlines for providing details of a clean air zone. Bristol mayor Marvis Rees said the proposed ‘Clean Air Zone’ would help the city meet its emissions targets by 2025 and ‘protect vulnerable residents’ from pollution. The ban will be enforced using a number plate recognition system, similar to the one used to police London’s congestion charge. Pete Simson, BBC Radio Bristol politics reporter, said: “It’s hard to overstate how significant a policy intervention this is.
“This is a first, no other UK city is introducing an outright diesel ban, and it will require the government to introduce new legislation.’ Although some local residents welcomed the idea, motoring groups have warned the plan could increase congestion outside the city centre and put unfair financial pressures on people who can’t afford to switch from diesel. Nicholas Lyes, head of roads policy at the RAC, said: ‘Major routes into, out of, and even around the city would become out of bounds, with diesel vehicles forced onto other roads, which risks causing congestion problems where they don’t exist at the moment. ‘Many drivers are faced with having to use their car for journeys in and around the city simply because there is no affordable, reliable alternatives. This would become more difficult under these plans. ‘Then there are other practical considerations. Some drivers of diesel cars who are locked into finance packages may face a significant penalty to exit their contract early.
‘There will also be drivers of older vehicles who are faced with having to give up their vehicles and switch to something different – which could be extremely costly.’ Millions were encouraged to buy diesels by Tony Blair’s government because they are more fuel-efficient and emit less carbon dioxide than But scientists and governments around the world have since changed their tune as diesels emit more nitrogen oxides, which can harm health. The Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal in 2015 has also led to accusations that car-makers have been cheating tests and downplaying the damaging effects of toxic emissions.
Adie White describes it as a “little project”, but this little project has taken him a year of work in his spare time.
The 41-year-old from Whitchurch, also known as The Bristol Nomad, has condensed 200 hours of photography – more than 12,000 individual photos – into a new stunning timelapse video.
“I wanted to create a homage to the city that I love that would hopefully entice others to visit or evoke great memories for Bristolians that have left or people that have already spent time here.
Adie’s film – called Bristol 247•365 – takes in scenes such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Temple Meads, Cabot Tower, Cabot Circus, the Balloon Fiesta, Ashton Gate and many more.
Adie added: “I like to use both mediums, photography and video. And plan a similar project in the near future looking deeper into Bristol and the many areas that make the city tick. From Stapleton to Sea Mills, from Bedminster to Brentry.
“I like the format of a ‘day in the life of Bristol’ as I think it shows a great vibe to the city and that there is always something going on.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to visit Bristol.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle will tour the city on Friday, February 1, with at least two stops listed on the itinerary.
Kensington Palace said the royal couple will visit Bristol Old Vic and the Empire Boxing Gym as they “learn more about the city’s rich cultural history”.
A spokesperson for Kensington Palace added the couple, who are expecting their first child in the spring, were coming to Bristol to “meet members of the public”.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit Bristol on Friday, February 1, to meet members of the public, learn more about the city’s rich cultural history, and visit organisations supporting communities most in need.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit the Bristol Old Vic, where they will tour the recently renovated theatre.
Their Royal Highnesses will also visit Empire Fighting Chance, which aims to fight the impact of deprivation on young people’s lives through boxing.