Scotmid shares smiles during lockdown

Mark Cox

Scottish celebs have come together to help Scotmid launch an initiative to keep communities smiling – and feel connected – throughout the current lockdown.

Comedian Janey Godley, Still Game’s Mark Cox and Homes under the Hammer presenter Martel Maxwell are supporting Scotmid’s #sharingsmiles campaign.

The initiative follows Scotmid’s first lockdown #sharingsmiles campaign, which ran last year. Children across the country were encouraged to draw a picture or write a letter and send it in to Scotmid. These were then shared with residents at more than 60 care homes in Scotland, to help residents feel more connected with the outside world, at a point in time when family visits were restricted, and feelings of loneliness and isolation were on the rise.

This time, Scotmid is asking people of all ages to share their favourite jokes and help raise a smile by showing those who remain shielding or who are finding the continued lockdown restrictions a struggle, that their communities care.

Scotmid is also raising awareness of its 2021 charity partnership with Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS). Funds raised through the partnership will enable vital development and expansion of their outreach service, CHAS at Home, ensuring they can support children and families in every community across Scotland.

Still Game’s Mark Cox (pictured), said: “There has never been a more important time to come together in our local communities and support one another – and what better way to cheer each other up than by telling some jokes! Scotmid’s #sharingsmiles campaign as part of Our Communities Care week is a great way to get involved and bring a smile to people’s faces. I’m looking forward to hearing what makes others laugh and to sharing a few of my own favourite jokes too.”

Those looking to participate can send their jokes to

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STG July 2021