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Boy sells his Pokémon card collection to save his puppy, receives rare gift in return

Eight year-old Bryson Killean, of Virginia, gained attention recently with a high-profile campaign to save his pet pup.

Bryson set up a GoFundMe in order to raise funds to treat his puppy, Bruce, from a highly contagious canine virus known as Parvo. Initially with a goal of $800, the campaign raised a staggering $5,000 in total.

Bryson also proved to be a real hero when, to the surprise of his family, he set up a curbside stall where he sold his beloved Pokémon card collection. Young pup Bruce underwent successful treatment for Parvo and is now reunited with Bryson and family at home – but the story doesn’t stop there.

The Pokémon Company got wind of Bryson’s heroic deeds, and made contact with Bryson to send him a pack of very rare Pokémon cards and a handwritten letter professing their admiration for his good deeds.

All the additional funds from Bryson’s GoFundMe and the sale of his cards are going towards future vaccinations for Bruce and other sick dogs in his community.

Now that Bryson and Bruce are healthy and reunited, I wonder if he’s up for swapping my shiny Charizard…

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British retiree becomes Twitter sensation through ‘Big Veg’ gardening

A lifelong gardener from Oxford has taken Twitter by storm for his incredible ‘big veg’, colourful outfits and all-round cheery outlook on life.

Gerald Stratford, 72, joined Twitter in early 2019, following some encouragement from his fellow gardeners, partner Elizabeth, and nephew Stephen.

Shortly into the first lockdown, Gerald’s incredibly-sized vegetables became a viral hit, with everything from his giant celery to crops of rocket leaves receiving thousands of comments, likes and retweets.

In fact, Gerald often seems to get as much love for his outfits as for his achievements in veg growing. In a recent tweet where he celebrated receiving his second COVID vaccination, many were quick to praise everything about Gerald’s outfit, from the cardigan to the veg-themed mask, and even the pins on his hat!

Gerald’s success isn’t just on the allotment, though, with his fame having led him to a collaborative project with Highsnobiety magazine for a new Gucci collection.

A prime example of doing what you love to find success… here’s to many more crops with Gerald 🌱

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Eight year-old inspires ‘Share a Smile’ campaign

Sir Lenny Henry wrote to eight year-old Sonny to congratulate him on the idea behind this year’s ‘Share a Smile’ Comic Relief campaign.

During the course of the first lockdown, Sonny spent posted one joke a day, over 100 days, at the end of his Birmingham street to cheer people up.

The project grew, and caught the attention of some big names. The V&A Museum of Childhood in London are working to collate children’s creations over lockdown, and reached out to Sunny to congratulate him on his wonderful jokes.

Sir Lenny Henry was so blown away by Sonny’s idea, he started the ‘Share a Smile’ campaign, urging people to share their favourite jokes with their neighbours and local community.

Sonny received a letter written from Sir Lenny himself, thanking him for his idea and very hard work.

Here’s a taster of Sonny’s work, the very first joke he set up on Day 1:

Q: Why do seagulls only fly over the sea?
A: Because if they flew over the bay,
they would be called bagels.

Maybe Sir Lenny Henry should watch his back next time he’s on the comedy circuit… I see a bright future ahead for young Sonny! 🎤

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Blind fox makes friends with dog and deer

When Geoff Grewcock, who runs Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, was brought a fox cub found by the side of the road, he feared the worst.

But after a careful recovery routine from Mr Grewcock, the cub has made a turn for the better and made best pals with Orla, the greyhound, and Bramble, the deer.

Despite being diagnosed “about 90% blind” by the vet, Mr Grewcock describes the fox, christened Woody, as “beautiful”, and a fan of custard cream biscuits.

I mean… who isn’t?!

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