All the good stories that prove 2020 hasn’t just been doom and gloom

It can be so easy to get caught up in the doom and gloom, but there's plenty to smile about.

Although it's hard to believe, we're only four months into this year.

From the threat of WW3 back at the start of January, to the devastation of the apocalyptic wildfires in Australia, the damage and disruption across Europe caused by Storms Dennis and Ciara, tragic and sobering celebrity deaths and now the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, 2020 really has thrown at lot at us so far.

As overused as it may be at the moment, unprecedented is really the only word fitting.

And we all thought it was going to be 'our year' as well, didn't we? It still can be though.

A lot may be uncertain right now, but 2020 is alive and kicking. There's plenty to smile about, if you know where to look, and we want to shine a light on some of the most positive, uplifting, light-hearted, funny and inspiring stories that we've reported on so far to prove that this year hasn't been a complete write off just yet.

All is not lost and here's why...


99-year-old war vet raising money for NHS

In a story that captured the hearts of the nation like nothing else before, WWII veteran, Captain Tom Moore, raised a staggering £12 million and counting for the NHS.

Just how did he achieve such a feat though?


The 99-year-old vet set the target of walking 100 laps around his garden before his 100th birthday on 30th April. He crossed the finish line live on BBC Breakfast at around 8:30am on Thursday 16th April and became a true hero in doing so.

This story won't be forgotten anytime soon!

You can read the full article here.


Adventurous penguins

After Shedd Aquarium in Chicago had to close its doors to the public amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the resident penguins were allowed to roam freely and went one one heck of an adventure.

Brilliantly, it was all documented on social media too.

Shedd Aquarium

This story showed that there was some real strong penguin appreciation right across the world and we absolutely loved to see it.

You can read the full article and watch the videos here.


Showing our support

When the nation heard that the first clap for NHS was taking place, many weren't quite sure exactly what to expect. We certainly didn't expect it to be such a powerful and moving moment that saw a once very divided country, unite for a common purpose...

Showing our support for the heroes holding our country together.

Manchester Claps For Our NHS And Carers During Coronavirus Lockdown

Thank you NHS. Thank you to all of our carers. Well done, Manchester. 👏💙

Posted by The Manc on Thursday, 26 March 2020

The #clapforNHS, #ClapForCarers & #ClapForKeyWorkers takes place every Thursday evening at 8pm.

You can read the full article here.


Northern nans

This brilliant story emerged after strict social distancing measures were announced for the elderly amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Three northern nans moved in together to self-isolate and combat loneliness.

BBC News

Doreen, Carol and Dotty, from the North of England, just didn't fancy self-isolating alone during UK lockdown. They'd much prefer to do it together and that they did.

The best bit about this story is that the ladies admitted to having "a supply of wine in" to get them through and that wine is the only item they had been panic buying.

You can read the full article here.


Iceland proposal

This one's just brilliant.

A man who had originally planned to propose to his partner on holiday in Iceland, did so in an Iceland Foods store instead.


After their trip to Iceland was cancelled amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this put his proposal plans up in the air. All in good humour though, he settled for the next best thing... and she said yes!

Iceland Foods is also paying for their pending honeymoon to Iceland too.

You can read the full article here.


Cats against racism

“There was some racist rubbish here but I covered it up with this picture of a cat”.


What do you do when you see posters with fake ‘racist rubbish’ plastered across the city? Cover it with a cat sticker, obviously.

Earlier this year, someone was using stickers with pictures of a cat on to cover up supposedly fake posters across Manchester that were part of a smear campaign against the global environmental movement Extinction Rebellion and people absolutely loved it.

You can read the full article here.


Community spirit

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused devastation for families the world over, but even amid so much dark, it's really brought communities together in a way that we haven't quite seen before.

It's brought out the best of us.


Stockport Bears: Two bears and a garden in Stockport went viral on social media for all the right reasons towards the end of March and honestly, it's the content we didn't know we needed until now.

Read the full article here.

Socially Distanced Cuppa: This street Hebden Bridge has got the right idea. After one neighbour admitted to feeling loneliness during self-isolation, they all got together for a 'socially distanced cuppa' and a catch up.

Read the full article here.

Stockport Spider-Man: It's all happening in down in SK. This time, someone dressed as fan favourite superhero Spider-Man was spotted cheering up kids in isolation whilst on his daily jog and he proved very popular.

Read the full article here.

Bolton Food Stall: In this heartwarming story, three young brothers in Bolton chose to run a FREE fruit and veg stall from their driveway to help over 50 of their isolating neighbours, several of whom cannot access food themselves.

Read the full article here.


There's plenty of local people showing community spirit, brightening days and making the most of lockdown across Greater Manchester right now and we've compiled a playlist of videos demonstrating just that over on our Facebook page.

Here's just a few of our favourites.


Social Distance Badminton

Social Distance Badminton With Neighbour

These neighbours just had a game of social distancing badminton 😂🏸

Posted by The Manc on Thursday, 9 April 2020


Dancing With Distance

Social Distance Dance In Cheshire

Every morning at 11am, residents on a street in Cheshire take to their doorsteps for a "social distant dance..." 👏

Posted by The Manc on Wednesday, 1 April 2020


The Best Bits

Amazing Moments From The Last Few Weeks

Human beings are a resilient bunch. Some of you have created some amazing moments during a particularly grim time in the last few weeks. Here are just some of them. 💛🙌

Posted by The Manc on Friday, 3 April 2020

If you want to check out the rest of the playlist, you can do so here.


Well Manchester, haven't we shown just what we're really made of here? The best city and the best people in the world - we're in this together.

What's your favourite positive story from this year so far? Any others that we haven't included? Make sure to share yours with us, because we can always do with more reasons to smile right now.

Keep your chin up everyone, we got this - Stay home, protect the NHS and save lives!

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