We're shining a light on positive stories

We’re seeking out and sharing stories that will bring some cheer to your everyday. From championing and supporting our NHS heroes, to creative solutions to help you stay well whilst at home, there are so many brilliant initiatives that brands in our neighbourhood have come up with. Keep reading for our edit of positive news.

NHS Clap for Our Carers

A nationwide campaign launched on Thursday 26th March with many of us from across the UK united in clapping for all of those working tirelessly on the frontlines. In addition, many iconic landmarks across the country, were lit up in blue to pay homage to those from the healthcare sector, whether Doctors, Nurses, Ambulance Drivers, Administrative teams, cleaners and more. Bravo from us too.

L’Occitane: soothing sore hands

To date L’Occitane has donated 10,000 hand creams to the NHS to help soothe hardworking hands. Many healthcare workers are experiencing dryer skin than usual due to constant hand washing and increased use of sanitising gel, so this kind gift of rich moisturising cream to soothe their skin will undoubtedly come in handy (no pun intended).

Burberry swaps fashion for face masks

British fashion powerhouse Burberry is making its own contribution to the fight against COVID-19, adapting its global supply chain to fast-track the delivery of 100,000 face marks to the NHS. Furthermore, the trench coat factory in Castleford has been temporarily repurposed to make non-surgical gowns and masks for UK hospitals, and funds from the business are being channelled into Oxford University’s single dose vaccine research and food poverty charities in the UK.

Stay active with Third Space

Access the expertise of the Third Space trainers, who are on hand to keep you motivated while at home. For live workouts, meditation sessions, medical consultations and more at your fingertips, visit their Instagram channel @thirdspacelondon.

Neat Burger supporting the NHS

Neat Burger has joined forces with Deliveroo to send free meals to NHS workers as a thank you for all their hard work. Their vegan and vegetarian meals will be a welcome offering at the end of a long shift. Neat Burger, together with other restaurant partners, will deliver a total of 500,000 meals.

Brooks Brothers convert US factories

Another inspiring story comes from Brooks Brothers, who are in the process of readying their American factories to begin producing 150,000 masks per day to protect those on the frontline of battling the spread of COVID-19 in the US.

H&M Group helps healthcare workers

The H&M Group (including brands: H&M, H&M Home, Weekday, Arket, Cos, & Other Stories) is now updating its supply chain to produce personal protective equipment for hospitals and health care workers.

BOTTLETOP raising funds to fight disease globally

BOTTLETOP has set up the #TOGETHER fund with the BOTTLETOP Foundation to raise money to help patients have access to the care they need. 50% of funds raise will be dedicated to Covid-19 Solitary Fund for WHO and Medicins sans Frontieres, whilst 50% will go towards the UN's Sustainable Goals for people and planet. The company is also supporting growth in Brazil (where the atelier is housed) by raising demand for skills, employment, health education and more to the local area. Find out more here.

The Body Shop proves sharing is caring

With many front line workers experiencing dry skin and marks from masks, The Body Shop is on hand to help by giving 225,000 products to hospitals across the UK.

LEON restaurants launches the #FeedNHS campaign

A campaign created by LEON and spearheaded by actors Damien Lewis, Helen McCrory and Matt Lucas, the ambition is to raise £1 million to serve 6,000 meals each day to London hospitals. If you'd like to make a donation in support of this inspiring initiative, please visit here.

Zara & Mango donates to Spanish hospitals

Zara and Mango confirmed they're donating face masks and hospital gowns to healthcare workers and Coronavirus patients, to help combat the shortage in Spain.

Barbour produces PPE

To support the fight against COVID-19, Barbour will now be creating Personal Protective Equipment to share with staff in urgent need of these items. Barbour has collaborated with the North East Trusts and Royal Victoria Infirmary to ensure their garments go to the best possible places.

Ralph Lauren begins producing medical masks and more

The Ralph Lauren Corporation is producing 250,000 masks and 25,000 isolation gowns alongside its manufacturing partners. Polo Ralph Lauren - along with The Conduit, Gail's Bakery and Rocket caterers - will be providing more than 25,000 meals to NHS workers at key London hospitals.

Boss creates masks for public facilities

Hugo Boss has dedicated its production site in Germany to manufacturing face masks. These will be donated to public facilities. See the team hard at work here.

Sandro Paris launches the Sandro Take Care Initiative

Sandro's Take Care Initiative has launched to share positive across a number of cities across the globe. Every Friday, the brand will be providing hospital staff with a tasty breakfast in a different city. The team has already created 10,000 safety masks for non-hospital staff.

The British Fashion Council's Covid Crisis Fund

The British Fashion Council's BFC Foundation Covid Crisis Fund is designed to support creative fashion businesses and individuals at this time. £1 million emergency funds are available to support designers, with a percentage of the funds also underpinning the future generation of creative talent and will go to students. Find out more here.

The world unites to support and praise the efforts of Captain Tom Moore

Captain Tom Moore stole the hearts of the nation and beyond with his commitment to walk 100 lengths of his garden to celebrate his 100th birthday. What began as an ambition to raise £1000 for NHS Charities Together has gained global momentum, with 99-yar-old war veteran Tom raising £30 million at time of writing. He has also received over 125,000 birthday cards from well-wishers around the globe. You can read his story and donate here.

Jo Malone London & Estee Lauder produce hand sanitiser

Two beauty industry giants, Jo Malone London and Estee Lauder have joined forces to produce and donate hand sanitiser for front-line workers.

Boots supports the vulnerable

Boots have likewise teamed up with The Hygiene Bank and Fare Share UK to donate personal care products to those in need.

Scribbler lets you send a thank you to NHS workers

Scribbler cards is offering complimentary thank you cards for anyone wishing to send a note to a NHS worker.

Regent Street Rooftop Gardens

For Earth Day, we're celebrating the green gardens, high above our street. Encouraging biodiversity for bees, birds, butterflies and bats, there is even a communal allotment. We're also have 100,000 honeybees in our hives in the sky, read more about the bees (and our beekeeper) here.

Central London restaurants unite to reduce food waste

12 drinking and dining destinations across your Regent Street & St James's neighbourhood joined forces to collectively reduce their food waste. You too can reduce your food waste, with hints and tips here.

Mulberry creating gowns for the Bristol NHS Trust

Mulberry is putting fashion credentials to a new use in creating gowns in its Somerset Factory. The team are aiming to make over 8,000 re-usable gowns. They are also giving you the chance to nominate a frontline worker for their #MulberryHeroes recognition scheme. Discover more here.

Gaucho partners to donate meals to health workers

Argentinian-style Gaucho is proudly partnering with the The Hildon Foundation and M Restaurants to donate 1,000 meals per week to NHS heroes. Gaucho will also be hosting a 'Dinner of Appreciation' for 200 NHS workers on the 28th September.

We paid tribute to postal workers

There are so many essential workers to celebrate, and on #NationalPostalWorkersDay we wanted to send a big thank you to those tirelessly working to deliver letters and parcels.

L'Occitane creates medical sanitiser and shares supplies with the NHS

L'Occitane has now supported the NHS with 20,000 hand sanitiser bottles and 12,000 hand creams distributed across UK hospitals. 

J Crew creates non-medical masks

J Crew has pledged to donate 75,000 single-use masks to New York hospitals, and has also created non-medical, reusable masks made from its signature striped, gingham and end-on-end fabrics. 

kate spade new york brightens up our street

The kate spade new york Regent Street home has been decorated with multi-coloured rainbows as a symbol of positivity. We hope you love it as much as we do.

Ted Baker launches charity-supporting Ted's Bazaar

Ted Baker has launched its first ever digital pop-up store - Ted's Bazaar - with limited edition designs for you to shop. 100% of profits support Magic Breakfast local London charity.

Molton Brown supports Beauty Banks

Molton Brown has kindly donated 25,000 soaps to Beauty Banks, an initiative set up to provide personal hygiene and beauty products to those most in need.

Neat Burger feeds the frontline

Plant-based restaurant Neat Burger has delivered 10,000 meals to NHS frontline workers as a way of thanking them for their crucial work.

We united to celebrate heroes past and present

To mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, we paid tribute to the heroes of World War II with an article here that highlighted the history of the day and advice on how you could celebrate with us.

Crosstown Doughnuts launches Operation Doughnation

Crosstown Doughnuts launched their initiative to donate to the NHS frontline workers. You can donate doughnuts and groceries to help keep these incredible workers going here.

We celebrated nurses and nursing legend Florence Nightingale

12th May marked Florence Nightingale's bicentennial as well as International Nurses' Day. We marked the occasion by thanking NHS heroes of today, as well as by sharing the history of The Lady with the Lamp. Read more here.

Ralph Lauren supports cancer charities

Ralph Lauren is supporting cancer patients at The Royal Marsden who are even more vulnerable than usual at this time. 

We shared how to enjoy Regent Street & St James's from the comfort of your home

Amidst the lockdown, we curated an edit of the brands from across your central London neighbourhood who you can still connect with whilst at home. Whether a cheese delivery from Paxton & Whitfield, or products from Aesop or anatomē, read 'How To Support Your Central London Neighbourhood at Home' here.

Microsoft celebrates canine colleagues

To bring a smile to your desk at home, Microsoft asked everyone to share pictures of their working from home colleagues. Discover fluffy friend highlights here.

Bose brings virtual music performances to medical facilities 

To support those who are in healthcare facilities, Bose has partnered with Musicians on Call to bring virtual performances to patients. They also have created a series of virtual music lessons for us all to enjoy. Read more here.

Jo Malone London celebrates Mental Health Awareness Week with Charity Home Candles 

With a mission to create products that make others feel good physically and emotionally, Jo Malone London continues their work of championing charities. Their 'Candles with a Conscience' give donations to support the likes of Therapeutic Gardens, AFNCCF, NSPCC. 

Glow Bar shares a self-care guide for Mental Health Awareness Week

Glow Bar's self-care guide has been created to help you to manage stress and stay connected. View their day to night guide here.

Psycle London speaks to Kindness Doctor David Hamilton

Psycle London hosted an IGTV with Dr David Hamilton, author and expert on practising 'kindfulness' - and the effects it has on your mental and physical wellbeing. Watch here.

lululemon partners with the UN Foundation to bring you Peace on Purpose

In support of Mental Health Awareness Week, lululemon announced a partnership with the UN Foundation to make meditation tools accessible for everyone. Find more here. 

The City of Westminster's COVID-19 grant scheme launches

The Community Contribution Fund is designed for organisations or charities based in Westminster that are supporting vulnerable groups (rough sleepers, young people or those socially isolated) during coronavirus. If your work could be eligible for funding, apply here.

Hamleys Book Club launches to inspire young readers and writers

The official Hamleys Book Club is here to encourage our younger friends and family to read and write. Little ones simply need to write their own story and share to Hamleys' Instagram to enter the competition.

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