In our weekly good news round-up, we feature three positive stories from across the week that showcase incredible innovation, significant breakthroughs, and exciting progress within the realms of healthcare, climate and sustainability, equity and inclusion, workplace wellbeing, social impact and more.

Here are our favourite positive stories of the week, 1 to 7 July, 2024.

  1. Royal Mail supports the British Heart Foundation to raise vital funds

Royal Mail are supporting the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and its new campaign which honours 12 young football fans who died of sudden cardiac arrest, through a series of murals that are being displayed across the UK.

Royal Mail employees are hoping to raise £2 million for the BHF, having selected them as their National Charity Partner for 2022–2026, with the money raised going towards their Community Hearts program. 

Jenny was 22 when she died of sudden cardiac arrest. Read her story here. (Instagram: @the_bhf)

The initiative aims to fund vital defibrillators in communities across the UK, deliver CPR training for one million young people, and develop accessible heart health information for the nation.

BHF are raising money to fund groundbreaking research into sudden arrhythmic death syndrome that will help save young lives for generations, and with their CureHeart project are aiming to cure inherited heart muscle diseases. 

The artworks have been featured with the emotive message ‘England Til I Died’, to align with UEFA’s EURO 2024. The murals can be found across the UK and have been painted in Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Chesterfield, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Newcastle, Nottingham, and Southampton.

A national survey has revealed that over a quarter of Brits (27%) don’t believe a heart condition can affect you if you are aged under 35.

Learn more about Royal Mail’s partnership with the BHF here.

EXPLORE OUR 2024 PROGRAMME: In a Heartbeat 

2.  Children with cancer are getting better treatment in England

Thanks to a new genomic sequencing test that is being offered to patients by the NHS, vital information about tumours is now available to support clinicians in treating children’s cancer.

The whole genome test offers a complete readout of the genetic makeup of cancer cells and identifies every single known cancer-causing mutation. In a study, the test was found to provide extra information about tumours 29% of the time.

NHS England is one of the first healthcare services to offer whole genome sequencing to every child diagnosed with cancer.

“Our research shows that whole genome sequencing delivers tangible benefits above existing tests, providing better care for our patients,” said lead author Jack Bartram, a consultant paediatric haematologist at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

Read more here.

EXPLORE OUR 2024 PROGRAMME: Prioritising Children’s Health 

3. UEFA squads reduce air travel to cut emissions

Flights by squads that have been taking part in the group stages of the UEFA’s EURO 2024 were cut by 75% amid a ‘green travel push’ which encouraged both teams and fans to attend matches by bus and train.

Image: Swiss Football Association

The environmental, social and governance figures from the European footballing body have compared this year’s tournament in Germany with 2016’s in France.

“The primary goal of significantly reducing the air travel of the competing teams has so far been achieved thanks to close cooperation with the relevant national associations,” said UEFA.

Fans have also travelled sustainably around Germany, supported by a partnership with train firm Deutsche Bahn, which has sold over 200,000 EURO 2024 tickets at reduced prices.

Further to this, “more than 500,000 Fan Pass Users have activated their public transport tickets to get around the host cities and their surroundings”, UEFA said.

More on the story here.

EXPLORE OUR 2024 PROGRAMME: Transformational Travel