Monthly Archives: August 2021

Standing with Giants


Monday 19th July to Friday 6th August

Monday 19th July – Freedom Day – ending over a year of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in England.

What people are actually allowed to do and what people really should still be doing are now two very different things 😏

Here’s just one of the things on the list of ‘What people should do’.

Avoid crowded places if vulnerable – the clinically vulnerable are advised that they may only want to visit supermarkets “at quieter times of the day”.

Hmmm 🤷‍♀️ not sure what I’m supposed to do then as I work in a supermarket with constant different people visiting my checkout!

A trip to Brum! First in a long while. And just to have my bloods taken as my local doctors’ surgery hasn’t been sending any of my results to the QE apparently 👎

The summer Olympic Games finally started on 23rd July (it was postponed last year thanks to Covid).

LOVE these photos from ‘Miniature Calendar’ for Tokyo 2020.

I received my certificate to congratulate me on five years of volunteering 😀

I took myself to see the recent Standing with Giants installation in South Park, Oxford.

“Standing with Giants remembers those who have given so much, with many paying the ultimate price – for the freedom and benefit of others. The NHS staff, without doubt, have gone way beyond expectation in their dedication and determination to fight on our behalf during the Covid crisis. They have saved so many lives whilst sadly losing some of their own in the process. This Summer’s installation is our way of acknowledging this and encouraging others to do the same.”

Life-size cutouts of 300 NHS workers were unveiled. Original photographs of NHS staff, including doctors, nurses, paramedics and porters, were used and “adjusted and manipulated” to reflect different characteristics.

It was quite a sight. Emotional. Once again, Thank You NHS 👍

Say yes to organ donation


Wednesday 7th to Sunday 18th July

I’m not going to talk about the Euros’ final as we lost. Very grumpy about that ☹️ Even the message I made for them from my spaghetti on toast brunch didnt help 👎

There was some hot and sunny weather to enjoy instead though, lots of gardening and lovely summer’s evening walks.

Definitely the right kind of weather to enjoy a dip in this ‘Sky Pool‘. Would you be brave enough?!

Take a look 👀 – ‘Sky Pool’

Go Robyn, sending Joe Wicks a private message on Instagram and actually getting an answer from him! She had asked him to give me a shoutout to cheer me up, and I got a little video message from him 😱😍

“NHS Blood and Transplant released the figures to mark the publication of the annual Transplant Activity Report.

The report reveals a steady increase in support for organ donation around the country, with 69% of families giving their consent when asked about organ donation.

The annual report shows deceased organ donation fell last year due to the pandemic where Covid-19 had a wide-reaching impact across the whole NHS and every aspect of UK society. (Living donor transplants fell by 58% during the pandemic).

Despite this, 1,180 people in the UK donated their organs after they died, saving or improving the lives of 3,391 transplant recipients and giving hope to the thousands of patients still waiting. (It is estimated that the number of people waiting for a transplant in the UK is now around 7,000).

John Forsythe, Medical Director of Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation, at NHS Blood and Transplant says:

This past year has been completely unprecedented in the history of the NHS, as well as in our wider society. So the fact that we managed to maintain three quarters of our normal donation and transplantation activity across the UK is absolutely phenomenal.

There’s no escaping the fact that organ donation and transplantation will take some time to recover completely, as will the rest of the NHS. But each one of us in the wider clinical team of donation and transplantation across the UK, are immensely proud of the work to keep organ donation and transplants happening in the most challenging circumstances.

But our commitment is nothing compared with donors and their families – the gift of life has been donated in the midst of a tragedy made even more difficult by Covid restrictions.”

I myself would like to say THANK YOU to all donors and their families, you are all amazing 🤩