From care homes to chip shops and cathedrals, here’s a roundup of heartwarming stories from around the UK.
Woman moves into care home to be with husband
Kenneth Meredith, 96, broke down in tears when his wife Betty revealed she was moving into his care home to be with him after weeks apart.
In a video clip shared by Meredith’s granddaughter online, the pair were reunited at Bourn View care home in Birmingham with a surprise meal complete with love-heart balloons and confetti.
The couple didn’t know when they would be able to see each other again because of Covid restrictions on care home visits, and staff said there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.
“Are you happy?” Betty asks her husband in another clip.
“I am much better now I see you,” he replies.
Cathedrals offered as vaccination centres
At least half a dozen Church of England cathedrals have offered their buildings as Covid-19 vaccination centres, saying their size and city centre location make them potentially useful venues for the anticipated mass public health programme.
Blackburn cathedral is in advanced talks with local health officials over converting its crypt into a vaccination centre for a period of 12 to 14 months.
Lichfield is also in discussions with health providers, and Southwark, Gloucester, Bury St Edmunds and Guildford cathedrals have offered their buildings.
Blackburn cathedral could become a vaccination centre from December, operating 12 hours a day, seven days a week. It has a large crypt with a separate entrance which will be used as the vaccination centre.
“They will turn it into a sort of field hospital,” said the cathedral’s dean, Peter Howell Jones.
“We’ve always taken the view that we’re part of the community, that the Church of England is a church for the whole nation. So at a time of national crisis we need to roll up our sleeves and help.”
Adrian Dorber, the dean of Lichfield and chair of the Association of English Cathedrals, said: “This is one of the best things we can offer the nation at the moment. Local circumstances will vary and not every cathedral will be able to do this, but it’s lovely to do what we can at this time of great need.”
Chippy steps in after Covid closes school canteen
A local chip shop has stepped in to provide free meals for pupils after a school canteen was forced to close when a staff member tested positive for Covid-19 and others had to self-isolate.
Ruddington Fish Bar in Nottingham is providing 285 meals of fish, chips and mushy peas for children at St Peter’s C of E junior school on Fridays for two weeks.
The chip shop’s owner, Demetrios Lawton, whose eldest son attends the school, said: “It’s very difficult at the moment to find ways to get children motivated and excited, so we’re just trying to inject a little bit of positivity.
“We’re all in a very difficult situation and it’s not going to be a very good year for any business, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still help in our own little way.”
Scottish islanders allowed to meet indoors again
Scotland’s island communities are looking forward to meeting friends and family indoors for the first time in months from Friday, after a relaxation of the rules on home gatherings.