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Jane Bates: Let's celebrate the feel-good factor

Through the recent dark days of horror and violence, the kindness of ordinary folk shines through, says Jane Bates.
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Through the recent dark days of horror and violence, the kindness of ordinary folk shines through, says Jane Bates

I am totally ignored. Disregarded. A non-person. Part of the furniture. But I don’t mind at all. In fact, it gives me quite a warm glow.

Pushing people out and about in wheelchairs has figured largely in my life lately. Physically, I am a quivering wreck – manoeuvring twice my body weight uphill over cobbles must equal any gym workout, I reckon.

But the feel-good factor has been second to none, mostly because of the astonishing kindness of people who go out of their way to help. They open doors, make way for us on crowded streets, and offer assistance when I’m feebly negotiating steep slopes and uneven surfaces.

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