Coronavirus: The worst of times bringing out the best in us – Angus Robertson

IN all of the bad news and gloomy headlines, some great stories are out there in Edinburgh which remind us all about the best in human nature.

By Angus Robertson
Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 6:00 am
Window cleaner Sam Faichney, fhas been disinfecting bus stops and play parks for free (Picture: SWNS)
Window cleaner Sam Faichney, fhas been disinfecting bus stops and play parks for free (Picture: SWNS)

Despite its closure to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic, the LOVE Gorgie Farm is operating as a food bank which will provide free breakfast to kids who are now stuck at home because of the school closures. It’s only weeks since the much-loved city farm was rescued from financial problems, and it continues to play a positive role in the community.

Meanwhile, not only have people being singing Sunshine on Leith in support of key workers from the Banana Flats in Leith, but the Leith Gin Distillery is now producing spirit for free hand sanitiser for vulnerable people to combat coronavirus. The philanthropic project, which has cost the company £35,000 in alcohol duties, is being supported by a crowdfunder to keep production going. More than 12,000 bottles have already been produced and volunteers are being sought to provide the life-saving product for free to the likes of care homes, healthcare staff, the police as well as the elderly and vulnerable around Leith.

Other heart-warming stories this week include self-employed window cleaner Sam Faichney, who has started disinfecting bus stops at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and kids’ play areas in Niddrie.

For every act of social solidarity we can read about in the papers, there are thousands that remain unrecognised. Thanks to everyone for their kindness. Sometimes it takes the worst of times to bring out the best in all of us.