1. A powerful way to keep patients and their families connected.
Volunteers in Scotland knitted thousands of pairs of hearts for patients at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, with the other half being sent to their loved ones.
"Within our unit we have been making sure that each patient has an allocated heart which is either placed in their hand or beside them on their pillow," nurse Liz Smith told the BBC. "The matching heart is then posted out to their next of kin with a short note to tell them what the hearts are for."
Knitters are asked to use clean wool while creating the heart and then send it in via resealable plastic bags with the date clearly marked on the outside. Once the heart is received, it's stored for a minimum of five days, per infection control.