On the 31st of March 2020, a kid from Bridgwater celebrated her seventh birthday. Unfortunately, due to the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, this kid named Jade was not able to have a birthday bash or go on their planned trip.
She is part of a big family thus she is used to celebrating her natal day with lots of people around her. This was next to impossible given the current circumstances.
Nevertheless, her neighbours came up with a sneaky plan to surprise her. They were having their conversations through the Wembdon Road WhatsApp group. On Jade’s special day, they came outside and sang their rendition of the Happy Birthday song and even gave the birthday celebrant a cake.
This event proved that amidst the social distancing protocols brought by the COVID-19, the community of Bridgwater keeps finding optimistic ways to show their camaraderie by sticking together through thick and thin.
Tara, Jades’ mom, shared that the sweet gesture of their neighbours made her daughter’s day. She was delighted to see everyone helping each other to give her daughter something to remember despite the health crisis the world is facing today. That was the only time the residents were able to go outside and personally meet each other after how many days of staying inside their houses.
Roger Smith who assists with the local Man Versus Fat football league and resides along Wembdon Road used cones from their football training to mark the two-metre gap between people. He made sure that strict social distancing measures were still followed during the happening.
The citizens of Bridgwater have been in unison throughout the pandemic. They are using the WhatsApp group to ask and offer help from one another.
The virus will not stop them from showing kindness and love. They are indeed becoming closer as a community and a family.