It’s all been a bit doom and gloom recently, so Gef has scoured the web to find some heartwarming stories. 

A Lot of Dough

Anyone who has seen American TV or films will know one thing about girl scouts, they sell cookies. And in California eight-year-old Lilly Bumpus has set a new record for the number of boxes sold. Born with a rare form of cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma in 2012, doctors told her family it would be a miracle if she survived treatment, let alone beat cancer. Before her first birthday, Lilly had not only made it through 14 rounds of adult-strength chemotherapy, she also had surgery that removed a portion of her chest wall.

That experience left her determined to help other children fighting cancer and to show what they can achieve after beating the disease and in 2020, despite the global pandemic, she put her social media skills to the test and sold 32,484 boxes of cookies, that’s a lot of dough.

And just when you thought this couldn’t get any sweeter, Lilly will be donating a huge chunk of the proceeds to childhood cancer research and to an organization that feeds the homeless.

Love Shaq

Basketball legend and sports broadcaster Shaquille O’Neal has made a man’s day after paying off his engagement ring during a random encounter. Mr O’Neal was in a jewellery store when the guy came in and asked about how much he owed on his fiance’s ring and the seven-foot-one star paid the bill! The larger than life athlete said he didn’t intend for the story to get out but the man he bought the ring for shared the experience on social media. Speaking on TNT’s NBA coverage, Shaq said: ‘I do it all the time. I’m just trying to make people smile. That’s all.’

Green Day

Britain’s electricity system recorded its greenest ever day over the Easter bank holiday thanks to renewable energy. The Guardian reported that ‘power plants generating electricity in England, Scotland and Wales produced only 39g of carbon dioxide for every kilowatt-hour of electricity on Monday, according to National Grid’s electricity system operator, the lowest carbon intensity recorded since National Grid records began in 1935’.

The new low smashed the grid’s previous record of 46g on May 24 last year, during the country’s greenest ever month for electricity generation.

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