10 amazing acts of kindness in Doncaster during lockdown to lift your spirits

As we continue through the second national lockdown, it may be more important than ever to look back at some moments of pure brilliance when the community pulled together during lockdown one.

Friday, 13th November 2020, 10:52 am

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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Postman, David Evans, wore a variety of hilarious costumes to keep families entertained during the first lockdown.
Residents across the borough decked their homes with bunting and took picnics into their front yards and gardens to mark the anniversary of the end of World War Two in Europe, to have socially distanced street parties.
Doncaster Mum, Mindy Waterhouse, cheers up pals by doing various household chores in her wedding dress. The 38-year-old from Wheatley Hills got her dress out for the first time in 11 years to do her housework and cheer up her friends and family.
Doncaster teenager Leyton Beck had got used to the daily drama of his mum returning from a day on the NHS front line and the family called it her ‘decontaminating’. The decontaminating mum then inspired her Doncaster teenager to run 120 miles for hospital. After his daily challenges he had run around 120 miles and raised over £600 for Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Fund.
Paul, from Armthorpe, suddently found that he couldn’t go into people’s houses with his business, House and Home Property Maintanence Services. Paul then decided to use his skills to create a variety of inventions - mainly carved from wood. After he gained much popularity in the area, people started offering donations which Paul accepted to eventually raise over £1500 to donate to a local charity, Firefly.
Husband and wife, Damien and Lydia Oliver created a series of hilarious spoof movie pictures in their Doncaster home which successfully put a smile on many locals faces.