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Coronavirus - update: Tuesday, 14 April

Coronavirus - update: Tuesday, 14 April

Published by Lisa Darvill at 6:32am 14th April 2020. (Updated at 6:04pm 14th April 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Thursday, 9 April

Stray FM has put together an advice page - which can be found here.

We are also updating this interactive article DAILY, with the latest local information.

Here's what you need to know (this page will be regularly updated):


Today's hero...

As we finish for the evening, Captain Tom Moore has just passed £2.5million raised for the NHS.

If you haven't seen it yet, click here for the full story.

He's a 99-year-old war veteran from Keighley, and he's aiming to walk 100 laps of his garden before turning 100 at the end of the month.

If there's one positive to come out of this pandemic, we're seeing the most inspirational people in society come into their own.



NHS Nightingale Harrogate Now Recruiting

The NHS is recruiting staff to work at the NHS Nightingale Hospitals for the North West in Manchester and for Yorkshire and the Humber in Harrogate.

The Harrogate Convention Centre has been converted into a field hospital with 500 beds.

It will provide extra capacity if hospitals around the region run out of space.


A new record for Harrogate Grammar!

Staff at Harrogate Grammar School's design faculty have joined many more across the country in creating Personal Protective Equipment for key healthcare workers.

We reported on the story last week.

They've been producing about 200 PPE visors every day for the past couple of weeks.

But today, they've set a new record, exceeding 300 visors produced in a day for the first time.

Congratulations to staff and students involved!


Highlighting the heroes

Ilkley Ladies AFC are using their social media channels to highlight the members of the club helping to keep the country running.

The first key worker in their squad to be under the spotlight is Becky, a primary school teacher.




Thousands turning to online library during Stay Home campaign

North Yorkshire residents have embraced the County Council’s online library service while observing the Government’s Stay Home Save Lives message.

Library branches closed last month temporarily to support the drive to slow the spread of Covid-19.

In the first fortnight of the lockdown, 474 people joined the library remotely, an increase of 490 per cent compared to the previous two weeks.

Over the same period, 14,383 e-books and e-audio books were issued, a 46 per cent increase.

“We want to support people as much as possible during this time. That’s why we have added the extra stock and opened up more services for home use and why our staff are working online to continue to engage with families in the many library activities.”

Cllr Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries


Cancer support groups offered help to stay connected during COVID-19

Cancer support groups in Yorkshire are being offered help to stay connected while social distancing measures are in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yorkshire Cancer Research is helping people get online and offering free conference call facilities to those wishing to communicate remotely with friends and family.

Cancer patients at high risk of complications from COVID-19 are being advised to stay at home for 12 weeks, and many will have very little face-to-face contact during this time.

"The teleconferencing facility provided by Yorkshire Cancer Research is an absolute godsend. Staying connected is vital to reducing anxiety and loneliness. It’s essential when we can’t see or touch each other."

Sara Williamson, founder and Chair of the Mid Yorkshire Breast Cancer Support Group

Those interested in the service should contact Andy Wilson, Engagement Manager, by emailing andy@ycr.org.uk.


No council tax holiday

It's been confirmed there are no plans to roll out a council tax holiday for Harrogate Borough residents.

However, support is available for people struggling financially.

It's as a national petition calling for council tax to be scrapped has over 10,000 signatures.

Here's the full story.


"They're doing an absolutely incredible job"

On Stray FM Hometime, we heard from Samantha in Skipton.

Her Dad is in Airedale General Hospital at the moment. It's not coronavirus-related, but the family are unable to visit because of the pandemic.

She told Stray FM's Will Smith the staff are putting in extra effort to help out family members...


A Sesame Street special is on the way!

Sesame Street is broadcasting a special episode to help children in coronavirus lockdown "feel connected in this time of uncertainty".

The half-hour "virtual playdate" will see Elmo joined by actress Anne Hathaway, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, and actress and TV host Tracee Ellis Ross - daughter of singing legend Diana Ross.

It'll be broadcast in the UK tomorrow (Weds 15th April). Click here for the full story and a sneak preview!


Nice one, M&S...

NHS Staff working on the mental health and learning disability team took part in an egg donation challenge over the long Easter weekend.

They've thanked M&S in Harrogate for donating Easter eggs to their staff members.



99-year-old Captain Tom Moore, who grew up in Keighley, is aiming to walk a hundred laps of his garden before his 100th birthday at the end of the month.

Earlier on, we reported that he'd surpassed £1.5million in funds raised for the NHS.

He's now hit another milestone. This is crazy.


Two more coronavirus deaths in the Stray FM area

NHS England has released the latest figures.

One patient died at Airedale Hospital and another at Harrogate Hospital.

A further 744 people died at hospitals across England in the past 24 hours.

Click here for the full story.


The rock of the nation

What a lovely tribute to the NHS this is!

This painting on a pebble found in Knaresborough is just one example of how people are showing their support for the NHS across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale...


Rural workers put "at risk"

The owner of Nidderdale Llamas says people are straying from footpaths and across the land.

Walkers ignoring social distancing rules are touching fences and gates.

North Yorkshire County Council says it's vital farmers aren't put at risk.

Click here for the full story.


Advice for parents with ill children

Authorities in North Yorkshire have released information and advice for parents whose children become ill.

It's unlikely to be due to coronavirus because children rarely show symptoms.

Despite the lockdown, they say NHS 111, GPs & hospitals continue to provide the same safe care that they have always done.

Click this tweet to expand the full advice...

4 teams rescue mountain biker

Police officers from Ilkley were among those involved in rescuing a mountain biker yesterday on Ilkley Moor.

They were working with members of Mountain Rescue, paramedics and the Yorkshire Ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team.


Warning about sky lanterns

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue are asking people not to use sky lanterns to show support for the NHS.

They say there are lots of risks involved - including causing damage to wildlife.


Harrogate restaurant humbled by community spirit

Cardamom Black in Harrogate have been 'humbled' by the community spirit in light of the coronavirus crisis as they, like so many other local businesses, face uncertain times ahead.

The Asian restaurant released a statement via Twitter to thank the area for the support they've had and to reassure customers of their altered opening hours.

"There are some incredible souls in this town and we're so incredibly proud to be part of this beautiful Yorkshire landscape, that embodies the good will of so many amazing people."

Nick, Managing Director at Cardamom Black

Read the statement in full below:


Keighley man raises over £1.5 MILLION for NHS


A 99-year-old army veteran, who was born and grew up in Keighley, has raised well over £1.5 million pounds for the NHS!

Captain Tom Moore is walking ten lengths of his garden, aiming to reach a hundred lengths before he turns 100.

He initially hoped to raise £500,000, but so far donations online have reached over triple that.

Read the full story here


Enjoy some Easter magic at home from Stockeld Park

If you're looking for ways to keep the kids entertained, the Stockeld Park team have got some Easter-themed activities you can do from home!

From dot to dots and word searches to designing Easter eggs, there's plenty to go at and it's all free to download.

Check out the activities here


Cancer Advice Line set up in Harrogate

A new helpline has been set up for patients in the Harrogate District with cancer as the coronavirus outbreak continues.

The Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust says it knows patients, families and carers have questions and are aiming to provide a simple, single point of contact. 

Read the full story here


Local Artist donates art to raise funds for COVID-19 charities

A Harrogate-based artist has been donating her original prints to raise funds for charities during the COVID-19 crisis.

Harriette Rymer's 'One of Many' project sees her post a new print daily on her Instagram page, (@HarrietteSaysHello) before sending the print to whoever comments on the post, in exchange for a donation to a charity of their choice.

Donations have covered NHS Charities, Age UK, food banks, and cancer charities.

Well done Harriette! 👏

Harriette Rymer Artist donating to covid-19 charities

Junior netball club donates over £2,000 to charity

A junior netball club in Harrogate has donated more than £2,000 to local charities after their season finished early because of coronavirus restrictions.

Phoenix Junior Netball Club had money left over from the advance payment of annual fees by its players when coaching sessions and matches came to a sudden end last month.

“We felt we wanted to support our local community and those less fortunate than ourselves during these tough times. We had a phenomenally positive response from everyone.”

Shauna Mulligan, Head of the Junior Club

The club’s coaches nominated the Harrogate Homeless Project, while the players and parents nominated the Harrogate District Foodbank. Each charity will receive a total of £1,128.24.

Phoenix Juniors donate to charity

Thank you from North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police have tweeted a 'thank you' message for all those that stayed at home over the bank holiday weekend.

Police issued pleas beforehand urging people to stay at home and avoid going to beaches, beauty spots and towns despite the hot weather.

And it seems the people of Yorkshire listened, as roads and hotspots were quiet over the Easter weekend, a time of the year when they would usually be bustling with visitors.


Webinar on the importance of staying active

North Yorkshire Sport are set to host a webinar at 7:30pm tonight, aimed at highlighting the importance of being physically active during the coronavirus crisis.

The webinar will bring different perspectives on physical and mental health, public health and physical activity by a panel of experts, including:

  • The importance of being physically active for physical and mental health
  • Understanding the national guidance
  • What is being done locally to support the population to be active

Find out more here and #StayinWorkOut! 


Food and essentials for people in need

Know anyone who is vulnerable or lonely during the current lockdown period?

The HELP Harrogate team and #HeretoHelp volunteers are providing food and essentials for vulnerable and the elderly, as well as a listening ear for people who need a friend.

If you need guiding towards local community support groups or just need someone to talk to, help is available:


Easter treats from Skipton Ladies FC 

Skipton Ladies Football Club usually hold an Easter Egg collection for Skipton Food Bank at this time of year, but were unable to keep up that tradition due to the coronavirus crisis.

But this year, the team have decided to purchase and donate a selection to ensure the food bank still gets their Easter treats!

Well done ladies! ⚽


'Pocahontas' runner nearing end of fundraising challenge

That's one way to put your one piece of daily exercise to good use!

A man from Knaresborough is coming to the end of his 100-mile running challenge dressed as Pocahontas to raise money for the charity Henshaws' Emergency Appeal.

John Young's 'dash for cash' is at 82 miles and has so far raised £600 (as well as a few eyebrows!) just £400 short of his £1000 target with 18 miles to go.

See the fundraising page and the pictures of John in action here


ICYMI: 'World Cup of Yorkshire' crowns winner of best natural landmark

Welcome to Yorkshire's 'World Cup of Yorkshire' named its winner of the best natural landmark across the whole region over the bank holiday weekend.

And the crown went to... Malham Cove! 👑

The well-known beauty spot within the Yorkshire Dales National Park saw off some fierce competition from Aysgarth Falls in the final, but was named the winner after scooping 64% of the vote. 


Yorkshire businesses supporting care workers

Betty's and Taylors have been doing their best to support the key workers at Vida Healthcare, who are working hard to continue their amazing care work despite the coronavirus crisis.

It looks safe to say the staff enjoyed their coffee bags with some gorgeous-looking cakes!


Happy Easter from Starbeck Academy!

A nice feel-good video to kick off your Tuesday...

The staff at Starbeck Primary Academy have put together a Happy Easter message to the Rembrandts' tune 'I'll be there for you' - featuring the staff singing and dancing!

Give it a watch below:


Harrogate woman's 'Bluebirds for the NHS'

What a fantastic idea this is! 👏

Sarah Charneca, an Art Tutor from Harrogate, has been putting her time in lockdown to good use, raising over £1,000 (so far!) for Yorkshire Ambulance Service and the NHS with her Bluebird nominations!

Sarah asked the community via Facebook to nominate someone they know working in the NHS to be written on one of her bluebirds, before giving a donation and so far has raised £1,176 from 63 donations. 

Check out her window so far, and find the fundraising page here.

Keep up the good work Sarah!

NHS Bluebirds fundraiser

Concern over lack of testing for firefighters 

The Fire Brigades Union is calling for "urgent" coronavirus testing of firefighters.  

It claims 3,000 fire and rescue personnel are currently in coronavirus isolation. 

In West Yorkshire, 94 staff members are isolating, representing nearly 5% of the workforce. In North Yorkshire 29 personnel are in isolation, 3.8% of the workforce.  

You can read more here


Lockdown could remain for "another three weeks" 

The headline from this morning is that Britain could remain in lockdown for another three weeks as it battles the coronavirus pandemic.

According to The Times, it'll be announced later this week that restrictions will remain until the 7th of May. 

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has already warned us not to expect any relaxation this week. 

You can watch what the Foreign Secretary said in yesterday's news briefing here


Keep up the good work, Lauren! 

A Harrogate road safety campaigner isn't letting the coronavirus pandemic stop her educating young people. 

Lauren Doherty was involved in a life-changing road traffic accident 11 years ago. It left her paralysed and needing round the clock care. She has since set up a charity, Road Safety Talks, which works in schools. 

She's made material available online for families to access during the lockdown. 

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Lauren Doherty

You can read more, and find out how to access the online resources, here



New website to help businesses in North Yorks 

A new website has been launched to help North Yorkshire businesses and tradespeople who can work under Covid-19 restrictions to connect with potential customers. 

North Yorkshire Buy Local's been created by the County Council to allow promote firms providing essential goods and services during the outbreak. 

You can find out more here


Man charged with assaulting ambulance crew in Skipton

A Skipton man is due to appear in court charged with assaulting two ambulance crew. 

It's alleged he spat at them and threatened to cough in their faces.

You can read more more here


Latest figures from NHS England 

A further 79 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus, have died in the North East and Yorkshire. 

According to the latest NHS data, two patients died at Harrogate District Hospital and one at Airedale General Hospital. 

It means 60 people have now died in total across both sites. 

You can read more here