Below are some of the finest stories inspired by our community from the first national lockdown to help raise your spirits once more.
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1. Darcy the Lamb.
Despite being born without eyeballs and suffering from a severe heart murmur, four-month-old Darcy is a happy lamb who can be found ‘stomping around’ around Manor Estate Farm- a small, family-run animal sanctuary in Toll Bar. Ami Downs, who set up the farm a year ago when she was just 18, has appealed to Doncaster animal-lovers for help raising £600 for a field shelter which would give Darcy a safe place to graze. So far, £370 has been raised of the £600 target.
2. Bradley Minns.
Bradley Minns tripled his original fundraising target of £1000 by raising more than £2625, for a charity dedicated to fighting rare neurological disorders after completing a gruelling 213-mile bike ride over 17 hours.
3. Doncaster teachers in hilarious Olly Murs dance routine.
Staff at Marshland Primary Academy School on Marshland Road, Moorends worked together to create the video which shows staff dancing around their kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms and gardens to Olly Murs’ classic 'Dance With Me Tonight' in a bid to raise students spirits.
4. Doncaster Dancers surprise teacher.
Doncaster dance teacher Marie Newsome thought her 60th birthday would pass off quietly because of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions. That was until a group of dancers from her own school, Marie Newsome School of Dancing, sprung a big birthday surprise on their teacher – by turning up to do a socially distanced song and dance routine outside her home.