A positive news story to share in the midst of everything that is going on.

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In order to help in any way that they can and to boost morale, a Glasgow online travel retailer whose sales have dropped 95 per cent in the past two weeks has donated 5,000 pairs of compression socks to help Scots nurses combat Covid-19.

Worth £125,000, the colourful knee-length socks will help 5,000 acute nurses in six hospitals across Scotland fight fatigue in the coming weeks.

And the firm has pledged to give away 5,000 more in the next seven days to nurses in London, bringing the total to 10,000 (£250,000).

Trtl (pronounced ‘turtle’) has donated the compression socks to acute nurses at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Royal Alexandra Hospital (Paisley) and Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Govan. Each hospital has received 1,000.

In addition, nurses at The Royal Edinburgh Hospital will take 1,000 while Trtl has given 500 to nurses at Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital and 500 to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

The award-winning company, which employs 30 people in Glasgow, had stockpiled thousands of the socks in advance of its peak summer season. But with sales stalling due to the Covid-19 pandemic and little prospect of travel bans being rescinded any time soon, CEO Michael Corrigan decided to use them to support frontline nurses in his home city, across Scotland and in worst-hit London instead.

He explained: “Although the compression socks have been most popular with airline travellers, at the start of this year we ran a small campaign with nurses around the world and they were really happy with them. “Over the past few days, I’ve been thinking about how we can contribute in what is the biggest crisis many of us will face in our lifetimes. “When something like this happens it very rapidly puts things into perspective. “Nurses across the UK will be tested as never before in the coming weeks and if we can do something to help make the time they spend on their feet more comfortable, we must.”

“I couldn’t just see these socks sitting in a warehouse when they could be helping people saving lives. That’s what’s important, and nurses need all the help they can get just now.” John Stuart is the chief nurse at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. He said: “We are under no illusions about what we are going to face in the weeks to come. “Our nurses work incredibly hard and can spend hours and hours on the move during every shift. “With these compression socks we can help our staff alleviate some of the discomfort and aches associated with being on your feet for long periods of time and help them better face the challenges that are coming our way with Covid-19. “Any gesture like this can help boost morale and hopefully the colourful designs will help brighten the days of our nursing staff.”

A 2015 study found that the average NHS worker walks 3.6 miles a day with some recording up to 11 miles. Nurses regularly work 12-hour shifts and wearing compression socks reduces leg soreness, swollen ankles and varicose veins.

Established in 2013, Trtl is majority-owned-and-run by founder Michael Corrigan (32), who was born on Glasgow’s south side. He added: “This may be the biggest challenge we will ever face as a generation and how we react as individuals and collectively could define us in the years to come.” Best known for its Trtl Travel Pillow, which has sold 1.6M worldwide, Trtl sells a range of travel items from compression socks to packing pods. Most of its products are bought online through and retailers such as Amazon.

The company, which won Small Exporter of the Year at the Scottish Export Awards in 2018, is expert at using social media and messaging apps to drive sales.

Trtl’s aim is to make travel comfortable, enjoyable and stress-free, so that both business travellers and vacationers alike can arrive at their destination refreshed, rested and ready to explore.

The company has also been featured on Dragons’ Den (The UK equivalent of the US Shark Tank), Huffington Post, The Financial Times, The Telegraph, Inc, BuzzFeed, Men’s Health and GQ. Trtl has won a raft of prestigious gongs for its exporting and digital media expertise including the Summit, Scottish Export and Shell Livewire awards.

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Download the C-19 COVID Symptom Tracker App and self report daily. Help slow the outbreak. Identify those at risk sooner.

Take 1-minute to self-report daily, even if you are well to help the scientists identify high risk areas in the U.K. who is most at risk, better understanding symptoms linked to underlying health conditions. See how fast the virus is spreading in your area.

By using this app you’re contributing to advance vital research on COVID-19. The app will be used to study the symptoms of the virus and track how it spreads.

This research is led by Dr Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and director of TwinsUK a scientific study of 15,000 identical and non-identical twins, which has been running for nearly three decades.

The COVID Symptom Tracker was designed by doctors and scientists at King’s College London, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals working in partnership with ZOE Global Ltd – a HealthPost science company.

They say ‘We take data security very seriously and will handle your data with huge respect. Your data is protected by the European Union’s “General Data Protection Regulation” (GDPR). It will only be used for health research and will not be used for commercial purposes. You can read more about how your data will be used, your rights and the steps we take to ensure it’s protected in our privacy policy or in the FAQ.

You can read more at King’s College London, BBC NEWS, The Guardian, and The INDEPENDENT.

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We all know that one of the best way to prevent lower back pain is to exercise regularly and engage in strength training so that your core and back muscles are strong.

A regular stretching program to keep you limber will help too.However, if you already have back pain, contrary to popular belief, you still can and should start exercising to strengthen your body. You just need to take it slower and easier… but you need to exercise.In most cases, it’s the lower back that will hurt.

It’s also important to get approval from your doctor before engaging in any exercise routine when you’re suffering from a bad back, but putting that aside we all need to keep active during this isolation period.

If you are unable to take your regular walk then try and set aside an hour each day to do some form of exercise. If you can only manage walking then that’s fine just walk around the house. Count your steps to pass the time by or put some music on but try to dedicate some time to do this every day. It’s important for every part of your body to walk as much as you can.

If you think you can manage more than a walk then check out these six full body stretching exercises from the Real Simple website. Take time to focus on what flexibility may feel like. Stretching is an important part of fitness: It can improve your range of motion, increase circulation, and calm your mind—which may help fend off injuries and illness, as well as bring on a better night’s sleep. To limber up, try the following quick head-to-toe routine created by Dana Slamp, a senior yoga instructor at Pure Yoga, in New York City. Do the complete series once daily. Deepen each stretch with every exhalation, and stop if you feel any strain or pain.

The NHS has these links to home exercises –

Burn calories, lose weight and feel great with our 10-minute home workout routines:

Or, you could follow this YouTube video. Whatever way you decide even if it is just a few stretches twice a day every little bit of time you spend will be beneficial to your health.


So this weekend our adult children decided we need to self isolate even before the government made it a requirement for the over 70’s. They felt that because there Dad is 79 years young, that he must be in the high risk category. As for me, although 13 years his junior they feel that due to all the drugs I am on that this alone must mean I have a slightly lower immune system. And now the PM has suggested the over 70’s isolate as best we can anyway.

My daughter had an appointment at her heart consultant this morning ( she has a heart condition) which I insisted she still went to which meant I would drive over to her and look after my 7 month old granddaughter while she went to the hospital. I’d only been there for about an hour and she had already texted about three times to remind me to keep washing my hands and to do the 10 second breath test.

After Boris Johnson said “people in the UK should avoid “non-essential” travel and contact with others to curb coronavirus and people over the age of 70 and those with certain health conditions should consider the advice “particularly important”. We knew contact with our family should really be when we are out for a walk and not personal contact anymore which really did pull at my heart strings, but health has to come first.

We are so lucky to have this sort of love and care from our children but it does make you wonder how other isolated loved ones will cope. A GP that had just recovered from COVID 19 was being interviewed by Pierce this morning and I had to totally agree that Pierce was making us all feel terrified about the worst possible outcome and implying that the government has done nothing. This is such a new horror which we are all getting anxious about but in particular the elderly. I could not have agreed with the GP more when she basically said that Pierce has no idea what’s really being done to prevent further deaths of the COVID 19.


I have decided I want us to get fit not fat during this what could be a long isolation period so we are going to walk every day no matter what the weather to get some fresh air in our lungs which they have said you can do in open spaces. We are lucky enough to have The South Downs on our doorstep but I’m sure people in the City will find this hard to do. Maybe they will come up with some idea on how City people could get outside into an open space as well.

We all need to think of the elderly in this crisis and even if we cannot go and visit them at least have regular contact with them on the phone. I also think that little care parcels would not go amiss, maybe send a magazine or book to a loved one and put in their favourite chocolate or bath salts or even a jigsaw so they know they are being thought about. It might just cheer them up if we do have to isolate for a long time. I sat yesterday and made a few hand made cards ( thinking of you and hi etc) to send to my friends who are of a similar age group, just to cheer them up. 

My head is busy thinking of other ways to help keep our peckers up and I thought it would be nice if we could find an online course, maybe a language course, that hubby and I could do together and at least get something good out of a negative. Of course I love my Words With Friends as I love Scrabble but my daughter doesn’t so I’m looking for another game we could play opposite each other online. 

If you have any ideas to break the boredom which could easily set in for the over 70’s group then please pop it in my comments as the more the merrier.