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Hundreds write letters to say 'thank you' to the NHS

Mya Krishna-Kumar, a first year Maths student at the University of Warwick, was inspired by the weekly clap for carers. She wanted to find a way to connect people with NHS staff, to give a more personal touch. A couple of weeks ago, Mya set up 'Letters for the NHS' – a pairing system where anyone can write to a hard-working healthcare worker.

Estates team give Leamington Spa school a makeover

The Building Fabric team from Estates Maintenance has recently completed a community project at St Peter’s Primary School in Leamington Spa.

With the majority of the team on furlough, colleagues wanted to put their building maintenance skills to good use during this time, to help the community.

Team member Nicola Austin, whose daughter attends the school, identified the project and set the ball rolling several weeks ago. She liaised with the school, doing the preparation work and co-ordinating the team throughout.

Spotlight on food: how we're helping people access food through COVID-19

Doing the weekly shop, or putting in your regular online delivery order, was something most of us took for granted until the COVID-19 crisis hit. Since the social distancing ‘lockdown’, something as basic as going shopping, or popping to the chemist to pick up a prescription, has become increasingly difficult to navigate for vulnerable and elderly people, as well as those who have found themselves in financial difficulty due to a reduced income.

Thankfully, dozens of community support initiatives have quickly sprung into action to support these groups, and many of our students and staff have been getting involved to help get food and assistance out to where it’s most needed.