With the long Easter weekend ahead of us, today we bring you our weekly instalment of Happy Hour 24 hours earlier than usual! As always, here on our blog we’ll be sharing just some of the things that made us smile this week. Please join us on Twitter using the hashtag #HappyHour to let us know what has made you smile or laugh this week!
1. Child-friendly Coronavirus Illustrations
Yesterday, we saw this tweet from BookTrust – and although Happy Hour is predominantly a COVID-free space, we loved these illustrations so much that we just had to include them!
From Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler of ‘The Gruffalo’ fame, these 12 beautiful creations depict their famous characters adjusting to social distancing, improving their hygiene practices, and helping others during the Coronavirus crisis.
There is also a free download of a booklet aimed at primary school-aged children, explaining the answers to common questions around the current situation.
Our favourite illustration is definitely the Room on the Broom one!
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler – can you think of a more iconic duo?
They've teamed up to help little ones understand coronavirus, hand-washing, social distancing and more by putting a new spin on some of their amazing characters: https://t.co/CiQtLvqa28 #UnitedByBooks pic.twitter.com/MCk9T2MEKj
— BookTrust (@Booktrust) April 8, 2020
2) Happy e-Birthday to you!
Earlier this week, our CEO and Co-founder Chris celebrated his birthday. Although it would usually be custom for Team Donr to sign a card and bring in a cake in order to celebrate a birthday – we certainly weren’t going to let a celebration pass us by purely because of isolation!
So, Callum organised for the below e-card to be emailed to Chris, complete with personal messages submitted by each member of our team.
In case you didn’t know, Chris is a very keen runner – and so, a lot of the birthday messages were themed around nutrition, protein shakes and half-marathon puns!
3) A note on the Easter Bunny’s busy schedule…
This week, Sam Morris came across this fantastic addition to Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern’s speech to the nation.
In a lovely moment, Jacinda warned children that the Easter bunny is *especially* busy this year – and to not be too downhearted if the bunny isn’t able to visit.
We adore her lovely suggestion to instead draw a colourful egg and place this in your window for other children to benefit from!
— Goodable (@Goodable) April 6, 2020
4) An Easter activity pack for the kids
Last week, our Happy Hour blog linked you to a brilliant activity hub on the Cats Protection website, to help keep little ones (and you!) busy this weekend.
In a similar vein, East and North Herfordshire Hospitals’ Charity have released an Easter-themed activity pack to help pass the time over this Easter weekend. The pack is free to download and includes a number of exciting and interactive activities to keep your little ones busy.
Simply follow the link below to access the pack, as part of their #HereForEachOther appeal.
Our free Easter Activity Pack is going down a treat with kids! Packs are available to download from our website: https://t.co/127yU7b8ZR
— East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals' Charity (@ENHHCharity) April 8, 2020
5) Beautifully-read bedtime stories
We’ve long been fans of Charlie Mackesy’s beautiful stories and illustrations – so much so, that we actually keep an edition of “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” inside Donr HQ!
So imagine our joy when we came across this video of the brilliant Lily James reading the book as a bed time story over on the @savewithstories Instagram account. As an initiative set up to raise funds overseas in the U.S., Save with Stories are accumulating a great range of hosts to read stories for children, working alongside the charities Save the Children and No Kid Hungry.
We could listen to this video of Lily reading all day. Thank you, Charlie, for your wonderful and heart-warming illustrations, too!
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“The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” by @charliemackesy (published by @harperkids) – read by @lilyjamesofficial . THIRTY MILLION CHILDREN rely on school for food. Responding to the needs of kids during these school closures, @savethechildren and @nokidhungry have a new fund @SAVEWITHSTORIES to support food banks, and mobile meal trucks, and community feeding programs with funds to do what they do best—and also—with educational toys, books, and worksheets to make sure brains are full, as well as bellies. . If you can manage a one time gift of $10, please text SAVE to 20222. If another amount would work better for you, please visit our website—link in bio. There is no maximum and there is no minimum—together we will rise and together we can help. . Thank you and stay safe. XX #SAVEWITHSTORIES
6) And finally… welcome on board, Brad!
In some very exciting news this week, we’ve been welcoming a new member into Team Donr – say hello to Brad!
With more than a decade’s worth of experience in fundraising, Brad has previously worked for two fantastic North East-based charities in COCO and Team Kenya. We’re so excited to have him on board and for all the knowledge and expertise that he’ll be able to teach us as a respected member of the sector.
Big kudos to Brad for managing to remotely settle into Donr life so quickly. Our hope is that we’ll able be back in HQ soon, so that Brad can spend some time with our official Head of do(g)nations – Poppy!
That’s all for Happy Hour this week – we’ll be back at the usual time of 10am next Friday 17th April with another edition. Remember to join us on Twitter and let us know what made you happy this week using the hashtag #HappyHour!