Harborne, Edgbaston & Moseley Life, July 2020

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Please enjoy our ONLINE JULY ISSUE

Where connected communities can achieve the incredible Pots of Love

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JULY 2020

Share the Love Birmingham City Council has launched an online book of memories to acknowledge the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Birmingham has experienced difficult and emotional times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but as a city we are coming out of this crisis stronger, as our local communities have worked together to help make a difference. Birmingham’s book of memories is designed to help us remember all aspects of the city during these unprecedented times and to be thankful for the good that has been brought into our lives. This is a space where you can remember, whether you have lost a loved one and want a space to share their lives and the impact they had on the world or a neighbour has gone above and beyond to help you. This virtual book of memories is here to help, we want to hear your stories. Birmingham’s Memories of COVID-19 is a digital platform created to capture the thoughts and experiences of our citizens

and communities during the unprecedented lockdown period through to the easing of restrictions and beyond. The online space, located on the council’s website contains a plethora of heart-warming anecdotes, tributes and memories from people across Birmingham. With emotive entries from the families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19, showcasing the devastating impacts of this illness to tales of home schooling and volunteering, this provides people with a chance to capture the moments and memories that mattered. Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Mohammed Azim, said, “As we adapt to a ‘new normal’, it has been a great comfort to see how communities, key workers and volunteers have helped and supported citizens during these unprecedented and unsettling times.

“The Birmingham Book of Memories provides a platform for people across our city to record experiences; pay tribute to loved ones who passed away during lockdown; and to recognise those who have helped along the way, from friends and family to frontline workers and volunteers who have gone above and beyond to help keep life going during this pandemic. “It is important that our memories are recorded to capture and celebrate how Birmingham responded to the coronavirus crisis.” Share your memories There will be many similar and different experiences across the city’s 1.2 million residents. This pandemic has changed the world and everyone in some way has been affected by COVID-19. These challenging times

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have displayed Birmingham’s togetherness and shown how united individuals and communities across the city are. The stories collated for Birmingham’s Memories of COVID-19 will be displayed online and turned into a hard copy to be kept in Birmingham City Council’s archives. Your memories will then be posted for everyone to see and read your COVID-19 memories, stories and tributes. These will eventually be turned into a hard copy and be kept in the Birmingham City Council archives. www.birmingham.gov.uk/blog/memories/post/440/ birminghams-memories-of-covid-19/comment *All comments submitted will be moderated before publishing, so please ensure you have permission to post before you share.


Connected communities achieve the incredible Hello and Welcome to July

This issue is close to my heart as it features my daughter who is still a very long way from home. I decided to share her story with HEM Life readers (she will know when we publish) as like any parent I am proud of how she turned the situation she found herself in into something great. Four months down the line people from all around the world have got together to ‘achieve the incredible’ (pg 12). Once again, we are sharing the love from local amazing children and adults who are making a huge difference to peoples lives in this difficult time – we thank all of them and all the front line services for continuing to put themselves at risk to protect us and save lives. Supporting our High Streets and local businesses is paramount and to show our support we are offering up to ½ price, advertising to all business sectors and will repost issues throughout the publication month on our social media and digital platforms for maximum coverage This is our 3rd online issue; we are publishing online only until further notice to support local businesses and to share the good things happening within our communities (albeit less pages).

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Local hospice set for phased reopening of its charity shops – starting next week

Following the Government’s announcement that more shops are permitted to open as lockdown restrictions ease, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice has announced that it will reopen a limited number of its shops from Tuesday 7th July. The local charity will be reopening the doors to three of its shops, helping to raise vital funds for its care and support. The three stores it will be reopening include its Selly Oak shop based on Heeley Road, its Kings Norton shop based on The Green, and its Dovehouse shop based on Warwick Road. The Hospice temporarily closed all 17 of its shops just before lockdown measures were put in place, to help protect the safety and wellbeing of its staff, volunteers and the general public. By reopening a small number of its stores from Tuesday 7 July, the Hospice is hoping to raise much-needed funds so that it can continue to care for people during these uncertain times. The Hospice will be making every effort to ensure its shops are safe for customers, staff and volunteers by putting special measures in place. When the Hospice is assured it can keep staff, volunteers, and customers safe with these new measures, it will then start to reopen more of its shops. The Hospice is already accepting people’s preloved goods via its new ‘contactless’ donation station in Cotteridge (15 Pershore Road South, B30 3EE), open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9.00am to 4.00pm, where donors can drop off goods from their car via the free car park outside the shop. Donations at its Selly Oak, Kings Norton and Dovehouse stores are on Mondays and Wednesdays, with other days being reserved for shoppers only. This will enable staff to keep donations separate from displayed goods, helping to reduce the risk of transmission. Preparations for reopening-of-charity-shops

Jonathan Varley, head of retail at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, said, “We’re delighted to start reopening some of our shops from Tuesday 7 July, our number one priority is that we offer a safe shopping environment for our customers, staff and volunteers and so we’ve been working tirelessly to prepare our shops. Some of our measures may feel strange at first – such as limiting the number of shoppers at any one time – but I assure you this is to protect everyone’s safety and reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading. “We also know that a lot of people have spent their time at home spring cleaning and getting rid of their pre-loved goods – and we’d be very grateful if you choose to donate them to the Hospice. If you are planning on making a donation to our shops, we suggest you give your nearest Hospice shop a call before making your donation, to check that they are open and able to accept it.” Birmingham St Mary’s frontline staff are currently providing round-the-clock care at its Inpatient Unit, as well as offering critical support in people’s homes. Its expert team of doctors, nurses, bereavement counsellors and more are also offering digital consultations and phone support to patients and their loved ones during this crisis.


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Life Stories Pots of...

Tammy’s children have been keeping busy over the last few weeks growing so many plants and vegetables from seed that they have ran out of bigger pots and troughs to re plant them! If anyone local has any old plant pots knocking about that they could possibly drop off and donate (socially distancing) they could most definitely put them to use. It doesn’t matter what they look like as long as they are in one piece as Tammy’s son wants to paint them and then pot them up. Or any wooden pallets or wood that he could make something off would be amazing. Tammy’s son has additional needs and finally they have found something which he is absolutely loving doing. Also, once their veggies are ready, he wants to sell some and donate the money to Bournville Hub/ St Francis Church who have helped so many in the community over the past few months.



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Tammy Lou is a local mum from with a little family still medically shielding.

Moseley Matters is a Facebook group for

the residents and businesses primarily in Moseley, the group welcomes membership and input from areas immediately surrounding Moseley too. A friendly and informative group to provide information on activities, services, and news in the Moseley area. Can YOU help to collect food from your street for the local Food Bank? It’s easy to do - Paul Teclaff, Admin at Moseley Matters is looking for your help Just drop a leaflet through the doors in your street or road (Paul will give you the leaflets). Then, one evening a week collect any items your neighbours put outside their front door at a set time. The next morning take all you have collected to the Food Bank. All in all, not an onerous task, but one that makes a huge difference to what the local Food Bank can do to help those is serious need. Let Paul know if you can be that person who is willing to make a difference. Get in touch through Facebook page - Moseley Matters

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First group pick since lock down!

Moseley Litterbusters is a group of volunteers dedicated to: Keep Moseley clean; Involving local citizens; In partnership with the local authority and business. They meet most Sundays on Moseley village green 9am -10am. Everybody is welcome. Grabbers, gloves and bags provided. We’re back! Moseley got through ‘Super Saturday’. Businesses did well in keeping the village tidy and the council were out too. 8 bags of rubbish between Brighton Rd and Queensbridge Rd were collected and, a kitchen knife was recovered hidden in bushes in St Mary’s Row. Thanks to everyone who came! Get in touch on Facebook - MoseleyLitterbusters They can also help you to organise and publicise your own litter picks in the Moseley area. For information contact Izzy Knowles: izzyknowles@gmail.com

Message from Helen Hello,

I’m Helen Smith, one of the nurses at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, the charity that’s been supporting local people and families for over 40 years. Today, I am reaching out to you because we urgently need your help. We have made it through ‘the peak’ of this crisis – some of the darkest days any of us have ever faced. Despite all the restrictions and the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), our nursing team still managed to bring peace, comfort and dignity to so many local people in their final days. But this pandemic is still far from over, especially here in Birmingham. Now, we face a continuing challenge as we try to maintain our care, and provide the right support, expertise and compassion for our patients and their families. Because, even in these very challenging times, local people still deserve the very best care we can provide.


But Birmingham St Mary’s is a charity, not part of the NHS. We rely on the generosity of our community to fund our vital care – yet heartbreakingly, much of our fundraising has been halted because of the crisis. That’s why we have created our Resilience Fund. With your help, this is the fund that will keep us going, that will keep nurses like me caring for mums, dads, brothers and sisters across our community for the rest of this year. Our emblem in this crisis is the white feather. It’s an emblem of our shared resilience; an emblem of our hope for a brighter future with our families; and an emblem of the memories we have of the loved ones we have lost. You can show your support, and celebrate the life of someone special to you, by downloading a ‘Remembrance Feather’ from our website. And we’ll send a feather lapel badge out as a “Thank youâ€? to everyone who donates to our Resilience Fund. Please, give what you can today. You can give online at birminghamhospice.co.uk/resilience or by calling our team on 0121 752 8779. Alternatively you can Text FEATHER and the amount you would like to donate to 70460 – for example: FEATHER5 to donate ÂŁ5 - this will then add this to the cost of a standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give ÂŁ5 but do not wish to receive any communications, text FEATHERNOINFO 5 to 70460

Donate online today at birminghamhospice.org.uk/resilience Or by phone on 0121 752 8779

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New powers for councils to keep cyclists safe

Through the eyes of children...

Cyclists will have safer journeys thanks to new laws that came into force on 22 June. Local authorities in England will have new powers to use CCTV to issue penalty charge notices to drivers who park or load illegally in mandatory cycle lanes, putting cyclists at risk of a serious accident. Cars parked on cycle lanes pose problems for cyclists - With approved camera devices, it will be easier for those local authorities with civil parking enforcement powers to take action against cars illegally parked on mandatory cycle lanes, allowing cyclists to complete their journeys without deviating from their path.

The announcement is the latest measure from the Government to develop a greener, healthier, and more resilient transport network in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The move came as part of Bike Week [6-14 June], which saw a range of organisations – led by Cycling UK – encourage everyone to get pedalling to boost their fitness and protect the environment. Cycling Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said, “Across the country there has been a surge in the number of people dusting off their old bike from the back of the shed and cycling, or taking journeys on foot, to get from A to B. “Giving local authorities more powers to stop cycle lanes from becoming blocked will make it safer for cyclists. “These new measures also build on our recent £2bn investment to create a green, healthier legacy and see more people travelling by bicycle or on foot.” This measure will help get more cyclists on the road and alleviate pressure on public transport infrastructure, giving people the confidence to use their bike for more journeys, perhaps for the first time. The public will also be able to benefit from the recently announced bicycle repair scheme, where up to half a million £50 vouchers will be issued to people in England to help get neglected bikes back on the road.

The Blue Coat School Harborne came to the end of their first week with the majority of children from Transition to Y6 in school. Though it may not be the way they would wish things to be, the children are still enjoying being children again. These pics of their Reception bubbles remind us of the good things in life - the simple pleasures of climbing trees and being in the outdoors.

Celebrating the life of a loved one when the time is right Where saying goodbye means everything

At Mortons we recognise that the present difficulties brought about by coronavirus serve to amplify the anxieties bereavement brings; that’s why we’re on hand to help you through. We pride ourselves upon our professionalism, whilst maintaining a warm and courteous approach. Taking care of the smallest details to make a big difference. Supporting at times of loss, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year For the latest information on how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting funerals, please visit our website. If you need to arrange a funeral for a loved one, let us help with what happens next.

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Over the past weeks and months, many families have not been able to hold the funeral services that they and their loved ones would have wanted. Our thoughts, therefore, have often turned to helping those families – at some future point after the Coronavirus pandemic – to remember those they have lost.

In the midst of grief, it has been a comfort for many to focus their minds on how they might remember their loved ones at a future point. For us, it has meant we have been able to share memories, tears and laughter, and to be given the huge privilege to witness Derek Case Company Chairman love, respect and kindness shown by the families we have done our best to serve. There are a number of suggestions we have been able to discuss in order that, as social distancing restrictions continue to be lifted, people can look forward to a time when they celebrate the life of someone dear. Here are a few of the things we’ve been discussing. Cherished items: The smallest keepsakes can mean the world, and memorial items or remembrance gifts can be a unique and constant reminder. Memorial services: Some families choose a service to take place later in the year, perhaps at a place that means a lot to them and the person they have lost. Music: Such a big part of so many people’s lives, music can evoke special memories, so something as simple as creating a playlist of favourite songs can bring a special joy. Charity events: Honouring someone’s passing can happen weeks or months after a funeral service. A sponsored event, such as a walk or cycling, can help you show support for a cause close to their heart. Family videos: Nothing quite captures a memory like a video. It’s possible to combine existing footage with messages from family and friends to create something truly personal and longlasting. These are just a few ideas – everyone will have their own thoughts. We’re happy to help, whatever you want to do. If you’d like to talk, please contact us: on 0121 476 9111 or email info@mortonsfunerals.co.uk In the meantime, we have developed a guide to help you plan a future tribute: https://mortonsfunerals.co.uk/remembering-a-loved-one-after-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

Home Instead Senior Care Edgbaston is delighted to announce that it has won an award for being one of the Top 20 home care providers in the West Midlands. There are 1006 home care providers in the region, and this is the 5th time they have won this award. Homecare (homecare.co.uk) is a reviews site for all registered UK home care providers, which helps people search for the right home care provider. The award is based on the home care. Terry Cheung, owner of Home Instead Edgbaston said, “This award means a lot to us because it is a direct result of genuine and unbiased feedback from our clients and their families. “I am convinced our success is due to employing fantastic CAREGivers. Many of our CAREGivers join the team because they want fulfilment in their work where they can make a positive difference to the lives of older people in their communities. They join us with a truly empathetic nature and a passion for the role and helping others, traits which are prized above having any previous experience in care. We find the right people with the right hearts and we train them well.” One review reads, “Home Instead is the best care provider we have ever used. The staff are friendly, professional, efficient and just lovely. They have made a huge difference to our lives as we can totally rely on them. Would highly recommend.” Throughout the pandemic, we have continued to take a person-centred approach to home care and help elderly people live as independently as possible, by CAREGivers that they get to know well.

Top Tips: How to stay cool in the heat

It’s fair to say that we all look forward to the summer, especially when we are blessed with particularly warm and sunny weather. The sunshine makes us feel happy and it offers a great source of vitamin D to keep us healthy. However, higher temperatures and humidity can also present risks to our health. Older people’s bodies in particular, are often unable to adjust to sudden changes in temperature, which

makes them more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. With this in mind, here are a few tips on how to make the most of the summer weather but stay cool in the process: 1. Avoid the hottest times of the day – (between 11am – 3pm) – if you do need to venture out make sure you aren’t outside for long periods of time and find shady spots when you can. 2. Keep hydrated – even if you’re not thirsty it’s important to drink plenty of water or fruit juice to replace fluids lost during sweating. Avoid caffeine or alcohol which increase dehydration. 3. Think lightweight – choose clothing which is loose, lightweight, light coloured and breathable such a white linen shirt. 4. Cool down – take cool showers and baths when possible. If you’re out and about, use a cotton hankie soaked in cool water and place it on the back of your neck and on your wrists. 5. Cover up – in addition to wearing cooler clothing it’s also important to remember a hat. No matter whether it’s a cotton baseball cap or a straw boater, headwear will help to keep your face in the shade. 6. Pick the perfect spot – seek out the coolest areas of your home during warmer weather. Keep curtains and blinds closed to prevent sun heating up rooms, especially your bedroom. For more information, please call 01217 218937 or visit: https://www.homeinstead.co.uk/edgbaston

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8 City Life West Midlands new Partnership launches A new West Midlands India Partnership (WMIP), which aims to enhance UK-India relations and boost tourism, trade and investment between the West Midlands and India was launched on 26 June. The Partnership will support the region’s long-term economic growth plans by developing stronger links and opportunities for collaboration as part of a five-year programme of activity with the Indian market. Led by the West Midlands Growth Company, the new initiative has been developed in partnership with Invest India, the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Consulate General of Birmingham office. Partners signed up include industry heavyweights Jaguar Land Rover, PwC, State Bank of India UK, Birmingham City University and DLA Piper Dr. Jason Wouhra OBE, Chair of the West Midlands India Partnership, said, “The West Midlands India Partnership is a confident step forward at a time when building resilient, productive economies is key. Through the Partnership’s long-term strategy, we aim to identify opportunities for both Indian and local businesses to trade, innovate and grow. “By strengthening networks, collaboration in academia and airline connectivity, we want to build on our shared history to forge new opportunities for a confident future. As the former co-owner and director of East End Foods plc – a globally trading, West Midlands success story, I want to encourage Indian-owned businesses to follow in my steps and capitalise on this region’s potential.” The WMIP will build on India’s strong track record of foreign direct investment (FDI) in


Significant step forward

Dr. Jason Wouhra OBE, Chair of the West Midlands India Partnership

the West Midlands, acting as a single pointof-contact for potential new investors. After the US, it is the leading source of FDI and FDI employment in the West Midlands - over the last 10 years, 13,000 new jobs have been created. The region’s strong business offer has already attracted some of India’s biggest companies, including Tata Motors, State Bank of India, Infosys, OLA, Enzen Global, Suprajit Group, Elder Pharmaceuticals and more recently, Microland. Neil Rami, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Growth Company – which aims to attract investment, jobs and visitors to the region, added, “The West Midlands-India relationship is a key priority for our region’s tourism, trade and investment programme, particularly as we prepare for the shared opportunities the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will bring.” The WMIP aims to expand on this strong base, the region is already home to the biggest Indian community outside of London with more than 200,000 people of Indian origin living in the region.

A major first has been achieved on the Birmingham Westside Metro extension following the successful completion of the largest, continuous concrete pour on the project. Timelapse footage released shows a total area of over 230m of concrete being laid along Broad Street, between Lee Longlands and Cineworld in one effort as works to install the foundation for the new tram track to Edgbaston took a significant step forward. The key engineering feat took 10 hours for the Midland Metro Alliance to complete, beginning at 6am on Wednesday 24 June. It is the second major milestone to be reached on the project in 2020 following the laying of track and asphalt in Five Ways underpass earlier this year, marking another clear sign that the main construction is moving closer to completion.

Paul Brown, Construction Director for the Midland Metro Alliance, said, “The completion of the first continuous concrete pour on the project marks a momentous achievement, not only for the project but the construction team whose remarkable efforts allowed these works to be completed successfully and to schedule, even during these uncertain times and whilst maintaining all the government’s guidelines as well as social distancing at all times. They have adapted to changes in working practices in order to ensure progress continues to be made so that the area will be presentable when businesses start to return. The support and commitment of our suppliers has also been instrumental in helping us to complete such a large concrete pour safely and we are thrilled that these works have allowed us to support a local business, helping them to stay open during these times.” When the route opens to the public in 2021, three new tram stops, connecting passengers to Brindleyplace, Five Ways and Hagley Road, will follow from the current Library terminus, which opened for passenger service in December 2019. West Midlands Metro services will then operate between Wolverhampton and Hagley Road in Edgbaston, improving transport links across Birmingham and parts of the Black Country, making journeys faster and more accessible, in turn helping businesses and supporting more jobs.

Marta Gasch, Track Engineer for the Midland Metro Alliance, checks progress during the largest, continuous concrete pour

For more about the West Midlands India Partnership or to sign up as a partner, please visit: www.wmgrowth.com

Leave only your memories People visiting Birmingham’s parks are being urged to show their respect for the environment after 1,280 tonnes of litter was cleared from such settings in the first five months of 2020. For the same period in 2019, some 400 tonnes was removed.

Over recent weeks, the lockdown-inspired use of Birmingham’s parks and open spaces and the resulting surge in litter has meant that extra staff time equivalent to 10 workers per week is having to be assigned to keep open spaces as clean as possible – diverting the staff from their routine parks maintenance duties. Cllr John O’Shea, Cabinet Member for Street Scene and Parks at Birmingham City Council, said: “Our parks staff do a fantastic job, but the pandemic is piling extra pressures on those working in our open spaces. “Our magnificent open spaces are one of Birmingham’s greatest assets and we want people to use them, but also to treat them with care and respect.” “The waste tonnages and the resource we are having to pour in are not sustainable in the long-term, but if people just tidy up after themselves, we can ensure our parks continue to be great places to visit.” People flouting lockdown rules at Birmingham’s parks and open spaces are also being urged to show respect for their fellow residents, council workers, public health and the environment after a string of recent anti-social behaviour and incidents.

In recent weeks, as well as the litter surge, there have been episodes including: • A series of “rave” style mass gatherings, with no evidence of social distancing; • Attacks on parks staff trying to close car parks in evenings; • Drug use. Cllr O’Shea added, “The overwhelming majority of people are working with us in the ongoing battle against coronavirus and we are grateful for that. “We have kept our parks open throughout lockdown because we know that they are vital to the health and well-being of so many people across our city, but we do have a small number of people abusing our open spaces. “Given that tens of thousands of people have died nationally as a result of COVID-19, it is saddening to see people turn up to unauthorised and unofficial events at some parks – in some cases travelling from outside the city to do so. “This risks everything we have done collectively in three months to tackle the pandemic. I get people have lockdown fatigue, pubs and clubs have been shut and the weather has been magnificent, but we have to follow the guidance to protect our friends, family and loved ones.” Visitor numbers have more than doubled at some of parks since the lockdown began and the council has been working closely with West Midlands Police to monitor and tackle the issues that have been arising.

Cllr O’Shea said, “The fact some people are verbally and physically abusing our workers as they attempt to close parks in the evening is a disgrace. “Last week beer bottles were thrown at one employee, but that is sadly just the tip of the iceberg. Parks staff have been working all throughout the lockdown to keep sites clean and accessible. They are part of the band of frontline key workers to whom we all owe a huge debt of gratitude. “The environmental damage to our open spaces and the impact on those that live near such settings cannot be underestimated either. Anti-social behaviour has far-reaching implications. “Put simply, there are no excuses for acts like this. My message is stop, think about how you use our parks and please keep doing your bit to tackle coronavirus.”

3 July 2020 UPDATE...

• Data for June has now been finalised - further emphasising the challenge the council faces. • In 2019, some 60 tonnes of litter was collected in our parks meaning the first half of the year saw 460 tonnes collected.

• In 2020, some 433 tonnes of litter was collected in our parks meaning the first half of the year saw 1,713 tonnes collected.

• This means overall, litter has almost quadrupled in our parks in the first half of the year. • In June, on a like-for-like basis, there has been a seven-fold increase in litter tonnages between this year and last.

Norfolk House Nursery 28 Harborne Road

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‘And the world came together as the people stayed apart’ Local Harborne girl Robyn Agnew found herself stranded in Thailand and did what she does best, she set about supporting a community whose income stream relies totally on tourism, here’s a brief look into her amazing journey and the wonderful people she has met along the way… The original plan – A two week holiday in Thailand to volunteer at Lanta Animal Welfare Centre, Ko Lanta whilst mourning the loss of my beloved 15 year old Thai street dog Franky, who I’d adopted from there 7 years prior but things didn’t quite go as planned. It all began mid-March when my first flight back to the UK was cancelled, the dog shelter closed, and Covid-19 / Lockdown was looming greater on the islands of Thailand. Quickly moving to Krabi island from Koh Lanta with hopes to wait for the next flight, I began to feed a handful of street dogs that I had noticed around Ao Nang beach and side streets, who were starving. With restaurants now closed, tourism at a halt, my street dog feeding routine became greater, I needed an extra set of hands (and food) so joined Facebook and reached out to other locals/tourists for help. Fast forward just TWO DAYS and the first volunteer team was created! Myself, Irina from Russia and Renee from Canada, each contributing food, time, and care

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to a small route of 25 dogs per day. Then came the wonderful gesture from kind Marina at ‘Marina Yoga’ to use her kitchen to help prepare the food, also the incredible soul that is Andrea Rugo, ‘Wat Klong Song Temple Dogs’ with his hands on help and local inside tips and animal connections. Every living soul deserves a chance in life - we have seen amazing transformations and heart breaking situations out of our control since the start of Covid-19 on the streets. Fast forward just 3 weeks and by the end of April “Robyn Responds” was born with a regular team of 7 Responders (only 5 feeding per time due to restrictions), masked up, gloved and feeding the street dogs of Aonang beach and surrounding streets plus, offering other treatment if needed. Today July 3rd we now feed around 120 dogs per day and cats, offer help to other animal volunteer organisations such as hands on manual labour to ‘Angel Angel’, fostered and re-homed 5 puppies, a cat and kittens found along the way. Thank you for taking time to read this page and hugs to everyone who has supported in anyway, we are just tourists trying to support and help where needed, our journey to connect with people from all around the world doing amazing things against the odds continues... Team Robyn Responds

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