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Community coronavirus: our feel good stories of the week

As the pandemic continues to impact our day-to-day lives, the community spirit around East Anglia continues to grow. Here are some of our favourite feel good stories of the week.

Virtual UEA campus

Student across the country are missing out on their uni-lives as a result of the pandemic, with the majority returning to their hometowns to spend lockdown with their family.

Four students at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have given their peers the chance to visit their campus, after creating their own world on the video game, Minecraft.

Housemates Sophie Johnston, Rebecca Bystry, Tom Greensted and Matthew Wright have created locations such as the main square, the student bar and more, and have even held virtual parties and games of hide and seek.

Minecraft UEA main square (CampusCraft/UEA)
Main square at UEA (CampusCraft/UEA).

Minecraft UEA LCR music venue (CampusCraft/UEA)
LCR music venue (CampusCraft/UEA)

19-year-old Sophie, who's one of the CampusCraft admins, got in touch with us to explain what they have found difficult:

Essex hand sanitiser

Individuals, organisations, companies and groups across the country have been adjusting their practises to support the fight against coronavirus.

The East Coast Distillery in Tendring was working on their Essex Dry Gin which was due to launch last month, but instead, have joined a number of independent distilleries across the UK in utilising their facilities to create hand sanitiser.

They've since delivered their 'Helping Hand' alcohol rub to the St Helena Hospice.

The East Coast Distillery team providing the hospice with hand gel (East Coast Distillery).

87-year-old "daredevil"

Betty Brown, a resident of Scratby near Great Yarmouth, has taken inspiration from Captain Tom Moore by spending lockdown completing daily laps of her garden in her wheelchair.

The 87-year-old, who contracted Polio on 1952, has completed several fundraisers over the years and is a self-confessed daredevil, having flown a glider and wind tunnelled last year.

She's raising money for Marie Curie via a Just Giving page, because of her admiration for the charity's nurses and the work they continue to do during the pandemic.



As a nation we continue to show our gratitude for our healthcare workers, and the vital role they play in the battle against Covid-19.

Two examples of this have been displayed this week, as Norwich City Football Club donated a number of shirts and cakes to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH).

The hospital also received thousands of bottles of shower gels and shampoos to be used in the staff showers.

If you have have a story you would like to share as part of our week roundups, contact our News Team or post on our community messages board.

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