The Positive Place 1- Happy Birthday NHS And Some Fundraising Heroes

At 72 years old, it’s safe to say that the NHS really is the best of Britain, it’s easy to forget how lucky we are to have such an amazing health service that is accessible to all, no matter what you earn or where you’re from.

Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, all the staff at the NHS have worked tirelessly to save lives, look after families of patients, and carried on their usual services. It’s safe to say the staff are real life superheroes! We wanted the first post in the Positive Place to be dedicated to the amazing staff at the NHS who have sacrificed so much to help their country and will continue to do so for many years- Thank you NHS! 

Captain Tom Moore

It seems like a lifetime ago that Captain Tom started his challenge of walking 100 laps of his garden in the run up to his 100th birthday in April. Who would have thought that the original goal was to raise £1,000 for the NHS and the final total ended up being an incredible £32,794,701! There is no doubt that he inspired many, lifted spirits and become a beacon of light through the dark days of lockdown. We would recommend listening to his and Michael Balls rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ if you haven’t already- it’s the perfect music to reflect on the last few months but is sure to uplift you. Captain Tom, you are truly amazing! 

Dabir Choudhury

Another of our favourite fundraising heroes has been 100-year-old Londoner, Dabir Choudhury. Not only did he complete 100 laps of his garden, he did this whilst fasting for Ramadan! Dabir really showed the best of human spirit and determination to complete this challenge and managed to raise £227,513 and pledged to continue walking as long as people are donating. He has been raising money for Orphans Shelter Foundation and has said “We are one in this pandemic, together we will unite and fight this”. We think he has not only been a fantastic influence on his community, but the whole country, thank you Dabir! 

Here is the link to his JustGiving page if you wish to donate https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dabirul-islam-choudhury

Tony Hudgell

5-year-old amputee, Tony Hudgell has walked 10k on prosthetic legs, after being inspired by Captain Tom, to raise money for the NHS. Tony needed the procedure due to abuse from his birth parents when he was younger, but he has not let that define him, he has shown fantastic resilience and raised over £1 million! His adoptive parents have said not only has doing this challenge improved his walking abilities, but he completed the 10k five days early! We think Tony has been amazing and will continue to do incredible things throughout his life- huge congratulations to Tony! 

Everyone mentioned in this Positive Place post from the staff at our NHS to the fundraising heroes have inspired the people of the United Kingdom, and all around the world, and we’re sure will continue to do so for many years. All that is left to say is Happy Birthday to the NHS and well done to the amazing fundraisers, we are all so grateful and thank you for your hard work and dedication! 

We hope you enjoyed this post and have found it positive, please feel free to post any positive stories you have seen in the comments to make others smile. As always, please feel free to contact us with any suggestions, questions or even just a friendly chat, we’re always here. 

Love, The Mental Health Makeover team x

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