From This Moment On – 08.05.20

By HarperLees

From This Moment On

On VE Day, we join you in remembering the wartime generation. The current situation will sadly not allow the full commemorations planned across Great Britain. However, we hope that you can take and bring some comfort to neighbours, friends and family by commemorating the 75th anniversary ending War in Europe at a ‘social distance’ on driveways and gardens or virtually.

In this edition, we bring your attention to the Government assisted scheme, referred to as the Bounce Back Loan, share Steph McDonald’s ‘Desert Island Discs’ selection and our usual range of distraction ideas.

Bounce Back Loan and Financial Planning

The Government’s new assistance scheme for small business went live this week. It provides a loan of between £2,000 and £50,000 on generous terms for qualifying small businesses. Full details are in Your Business on our Wellbeing HUB.

HarperLees urges that business owners revisit their Business Life and Illness Protection plans if loans are arranged. Read More

Desert Island Discs From HarperLees

After mentioning the BBC podcast in last week’s edition, it prompted the HarperLees team to think about our choices. First up is Steph McDonald with her 8 songs, book and luxury item:

The Deeper The Love – WhitesnakeMy husband loves rock music and Whitesnake is one of his favourite bands, somehow an acoustic version of this became our first dance at our wedding.

From This Moment On – Shania TwainI love Shania Twain and have even seen her in concert.

Into the Unknown – Idina MenzelYes, it is from Frozen II but when you have had to play it as many times as I have in the car for the kids, you would learn to love it too!

The Greatest Showman – Hugh JackmanLove the film, love the song.

Summer of ’69 – Bryan AdamsWhen better to ‘air guitar’ than when stuck on a desert island.

Don’t Call Me Up – MabelOne of very few modern artists on my playlist, but her songs are catchy.

Supermarket Flowers – Ed SheeranA bit of a tearjerker, but so lovely.

I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor Cannot resist singing this one out loud, although I am sure others would prefer I didn’t.

Book – The Girl on the Train by Paula HawkinsI couldn’t put it down. 

Luxury item – Matches. Definitely a tough one for a girl who likes her luxuries, but I would be useless at starting a fire and cannot stand being cold!

Steph working at home in lockdown, with help!

Ideas and Assistance

This week’s welcome distraction suggestions are:


Virtual Exhibitions – The Royal Academy has selected nine art tours including Andy Warhol, Raphael and Picasso

Cirque du Soleil – The incredible team of acrobats and dancers show Zed, which was only performed in Tokyo.

The Midnight Gang – One for the children and grandchildren. This is an adaptation of David Walliams bestseller book.

Listening – Podcasts

Happier – Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before brings practical and manageable advice about happiness and good habits.

As always, please share your ideas.


As it is VE Day and the bank holiday weekend, the National Trust has a ‘Churchill Fruit Cake’ recipe

Contacts and Advice

As we await the Government’s lockdown update on Sunday, we hope you have a very enjoyable sunny weekend.

Please feel free to contact us for any assistance whether advice-related or simply for a general catch up.