Coronavirus: Acts of kindness and compassion – Dr David Crichton

In recent days, I’ve been inspired by the actions of Captain Tom Moore, originally from Yorkshire and a fellow ex-serviceman, I feel very humbled by his steely determination to complete his challenge and to do something for others.

Captain Tom had wanted to thank the ‘magnificent’ NHS staff who had helped him with cancer treatment and a broken hip and to show his support for staff working on the frontline, caring for patients with coronavirus.

He set himself a target of walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday, originally aiming to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together. Tom has now completed his challenge and as I write this, the amount he has raised is over £26 million.

Tom has captured the heart of the nation. His kindness has provided a positive focus during the current Coronavirus situation and his fundraising has shone a bright light across the UK, the world and across all generations, bringing people together to celebrate his determination and wonderful achievement.

His daughter describes him as “a beacon of hope in dark times and I think we all need something like this to believe in.”

These are challenging times but if we all pull together, we can make things easier to get through it.

Following the government guidelines stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives, does require us to behave and act differently. Spending so much time at home can cause stress and anxiety and sometimes cause tempers to flare. We must try to show compassion and tolerance to those we live with, friends we connect with on line and the key workers we may come in to contact with.

Those key workers such as bin collectors, supermarket staff and healthcare workers are all going above and beyond to ensure essential services still run and that the vulnerable are supported. It is heart-warming to see everyone come together to show our appreciation of their efforts every Thursday with the #clapforourcarers.

Unfortunately, I have been made aware of a couple of incidents recently in Doncaster where NHS staff have been on the receiving end of unnecessary abuse and even experienced damage to their vehicles whilst at work. I’m sure you will agree that this is unacceptable, especially for our health staff who go to work to serve the people of Doncaster and expect to be able to do so in an environment free from violence and aggression. We know the vast majority of people support us and appreciate our work and we thank you for your patience and understanding.

Now more than ever, we need to stand together and support each other. If we can keep calm and show kindness to others, then this new world in which we find ourselves will feel less alien and easier to get through.

As Captain Tom said on the completion of his challenge, “You’ve all got to remember that we will get through it in the end, it will all be right. For all those people finding it difficult at the moment, the sun will shine on you again and the clouds will go away.”

Here are some resources/links to support your wellbeing during this time:


Please, stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.

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