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Coronavirus - update: Tuesday, 21 April

Coronavirus - update: Tuesday, 21 April

Published by May Norman at 6:20am 21st April 2020. (Updated at 6:09pm 21st April 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Tuesday, 21 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):


Race for Life in Harrogate rescheduled  

Organisers of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Harrogate have announced a new date for the event in autumn.

 It will now take place on Sunday 11th October, instead of Sunday 12th July.

You can read more here.  





Watch as Captain Tom Moore opens the new NHS Nightingale Hospital

Steve Rusell, CEO of the NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and the Humber, introduced Captain Tom Moore to officially launch the NHS Nightingale Yorkshire and the Humber.

He appeared alongside his daughter Hannah, who will be joining Nick Hancock and Will Smith on Stray FM tomorrow (Weds 22 April) at 8.30am and 4.30pm.

Click here to find out more about the new hospital.


Adult learning classes go virtual for the summer

An adult learning centre based at Rossett School has this week launched virtual courses for the summer term as the coronavirus lockdown continues.

Rossett Adult Learning
The centre has a large and vibrant community of adult learners aged between 18 and 90.

Rossett Adult Learning had been due to begin its Summer Programme on April 20, with sessions to be held in classrooms at the school. But, in the light of coronavirus restrictions, organisers have set up online courses instead.

The Summer Programme courses are being held online for an initial trial period of five weeks. The sessions cover a range of subjects in art, culture, history, crafts, gardening, music, exercise and languages.

“We have such a fantastic community at Rossett Adult Learning and have had a great response to our virtual classes. Our current groups can stay connected, motivate each other, and continue some longstanding friendships, as well as their learning experience, online.”

Melissa Horberry, Rossett Adult Learning manager


North Yorkshire broadband company supports vital health services

Broadband upgrades and support are being provided to vital health services in North Yorkshire to help them to keep running smoothly as they tackle the Covid-19 outbreak.

NYnet, a company owned by North Yorkshire County Council, provides high-speed internet connections to more than 750 public sector sites across the county, including those of the County Council and other local authorities. It has temporarily ungraded all its health sector sites to offer 24/7 support, enabling any issues to be dealt with as a priority. This free upgrade has been in place since last month.

“The response we have received from NYnet, as always, has been excellent. They have provided overnight upgrades, including increasing bandwidth where required, as well as providing free 24/7 support to the NHS. This is very helpful during these difficult times.”

Michael Ash-McMahon, Deputy Chief Finance Officer, NHS Vale of York CCG


Police step up action against domestic abuse

Since the beginning of the lockdown period, police have reassured victims that if there is an emergency and they are at risk of harm, call 999 and officers will be there to help. The force has also published a list of telephone and online resources to their website, so victims of domestic abuse can still seek and engage with the vital advice and support they need.

Today, Detective Superintendent Allan Harder, North Yorkshire Police lead for Safeguarding, has sent a clear message to those who inflict the abuse – although we may find ourselves in extraordinary circumstances, there is never an excuse for abuse.

“I’m sure every household in North Yorkshire has had its moments over the past few weeks, where tensions have risen and cross words has taken place . But let me be clear, if your actions are causing a partner or family members to fear for their safety, you are committing abuse and we will take action.

“I’m aware that we find ourselves in very trying times, but there is never an excuse to be violent or threatening towards anyone in your household or family."

Detective Superintendent Allan Harder


A huge project

Three weeks ago, work hadn't even started on the Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate.

Now, it's been completed and opened by Captain Tom Moore.

From the amount of computer cabling to the number of construction staff, click here for all the facts and figures you could possibly want!


Two more deaths in the Stray FM area

Two more people who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died in the Stray FM area.  

They were both patients at Harrogate Hospital.

Their families have been informed.

Click here for the full story.


Guest appearance from Captain Tom himself...

Captain Tom Moore has appeared via video link at a ceremony to mark the opening of the new NHS Nightingale Hospital at Harrogate Convention Centre.

It will serve Yorkshire and the Humber, providing up to 500 beds for coronavirus patients if existing hospitals need extra support.


NHS Nightingale Yorkshire and Humber officially open

Just eighteen days after work started on the site, it's now officially opened.

Captain Tom Moore was a guest of honour at the opening ceremony.

Read the full story here.


"Everyone is grateful, thank you NHS!"

We've been sent this lovely poem paying tribute to our NHS heroes getting us through the coronavirus crisis.

11-year-old Elizabeth from Harewood wrote it - it's called 'Gratitude'.

Well done, Elizabeth!

gratitude poem



"A real sense of pride"

This afternoon sees the official opening of the NHS Nightingale Hospital for Yorkshire and the Humber

In less than three weeks, Harrogate Convention Centre has been converted into a temporary hospital for up to 500 patients.

However, the NHS are hoping they won't have to make use of the new facility, and that hospitals in the region will cope with the coronavirus crisis.

Stray FM's Will Smith is on site for the opening ceremony...


Another bus dedicated to our heroes

Earlier on, we brought you the story of a bus in Keighley named after Captain Tom Moore;

Click here to read that story.

Now, the Harrogate Bus Company have joined in.

They've launched a bus dedicated to "Harrogate Heroes":


Touching tributes to NHS heroes

People across the region have been nominating their own NHS heroes for the work they are doing to fight against coronavirus in a touching tribute.

ITV News Calender have collated the footage from people across Yorkshire who have nominated family and friends for the outstanding and selfless work they've been doing to fight the pandemic.

Watch the tributes below:


First look inside NHS Nightingale Hospital

As the new NHS Nightingale Hospital for Yorkshire and the Humber gears up for its official opening, Stray FM's Will Smith has been inside for an exclusive first look.

Follow us on Stray FM throughout the day for more:


NHS Nightingale set for official opening

The NHS Nightingale Hospital is set for its official opening at Harrogate Convention Centre this afternoon with a guest appearance from Keighley's Captain Tom Moore.

The NHS have invited him to be the guest of honour at the official opening as a way of honouring the Yorkshire native’s fundraising efforts.

The 99-year-old war veteran, and now a household name for raising an incredible £30 million for the NHS, is set to praise NHS workers via video link at the opening of the NHS Nightingale Yorkshire and Humber hospital.

Stray FM's Will Smith is at Harrogate Convention Centre with updates.


'We will not run out of PPE' vows government minister

A government minister has vowed the NHS will not run out of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the face of calls for an inquiry into a "grotesque lack of preparation" for the coronavirus crisis.

Simon Clarke, the minister for regional growth and local government, told Sky News the country was "not going to run out" of PPE for healthcare workers despite continued concerns about shortages in hospitals and care homes.

A Royal Air Force transport plane is currently waiting in Turkey to bring 84 tonnes of PPE to the UK, while Mr Clarke also highlighted how 140,000 gowns had recently arrived from Burma.

Read the full story here


Former 'Youngster of the Year' qualifies as a Nurse

The Yorkshire Young Achievers 'Youngster of the Year' for 2009 has qualified as a Nurse with first class honours and recently started work as a Staff nurse at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Former winner Emma Cartlidge, pictured below accepting her award with Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher, has moved straight into caring for COVID-19 patients.

Well done Emma!


County Council urges residents to keep looking out for neighbours

North Yorkshire County Council have thanked people who are looking out for vulnerable or elderly neighbours during the coronavirus crisis, and have urged these people to continue doing so.

As lockdown continues, the council have said it is becoming 'increasingly important' to keep looking out for any potentially vulnerable people in our neighbourhoods.

Gary Fielding, the County Council’s Director of Strategic Resources, said:

“Firstly I would like to thank every single North Yorkshire resident who has checked on a neighbour and the volunteers helping people during this crisis. The kindness we’ve seen has been truly humbling.

“If you helped someone in the first couple of weeks with shopping or collecting a prescription and you haven’t been in contact since, I would urge you to please keep checking they are ok."


Social distancing reminder

The Department of Health and Social Care are reminding people to maintain the recommended distance of 2 metres from others when out exercising.

Lots of people up and down the country are getting out each day to get their one bit of daily exercise, but the DHSC is urging people to keep their distance at all times!


Another tribute to Keighley's Captain Tom Moore

The Keighley Bus Company have shown their appreciation and pride for Captain Tom Moore with a tribute to him on one of their buses.

The company have called him a 'true legend' of their hometown and wanted to give him a lasting tribute.

The bus will make its first appearance today (Tues 21 April) at Harrogate’s new NHS Nightingale Hospital, in the Convention Centre.


Virtual train driver experience from LNER

You can now see what it's like to travel into Harrogate from Leeds from inside the cab of a train thanks to a virtual experience from LNER!

While public transport is currently reserved for essential travel by key workers, there is a chance you'll forget what it's like to travel on the tracks.

While that might be a welcome thought if it's normally a daily commute, have you ever wondered what it's like to be behind the controls of the train?

If the answer is yes, you're in luck! LNER have posted a video filmed in the cab of one of their Azuma trains.

See the video and read the full story here


Harrogate Primary school staff end the Spring term in style!

Willow Tree Primary School in Harrogate have collated videos from various members of staff to release a 'Spring Chicken' singalong - a fitting end to the Spring term!

Staff at the school have either been working from home or observing social distancing whilst teaching the children of key workers, yet have all come together in a hearty singalong.

All together now...


World Cup of Yorkshire set to return

We know you love it... 

Welcome to Yorkshire's 'World Cup of Yorkshire' returns tomorrow, and this time they're looking to crown the number 1 restaurant in the county!

As always the vote will be on Welcome to Yorkshire's Twitter page (@Welcome2Yorks) and they're taking nominations up until 5pm today...


Union praise Harrogate Borough Council for key work during pandemic

Public sector union UNISON wishes to sing the praises of Harrogate Borough Council staff for their work during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking for UNISON, Branch Secretary David Houlgate said:

“We know that week in week out year after year Council staff deliver vital public services to the local community but in the face of the biggest crisis the country has experienced in peace time the staff have gone the extra mile in keeping these vital public services going.”

Read the full story here


Truth behind PPE shipment from Turkey revealed

Britain only made a formal request to Turkey over a consignment of personal protective equipment on Sunday - the day after a cabinet minister announced the "very significant additional shipment" was already heading to the UK, according to Turkish sources.

Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, said at the daily Downing Street press briefing on Saturday that 84 tonnes of the gear, including 400,000 urgently needed clinical gowns, would arrive in the UK from Turkey the following day.

It failed to materialise, but no explanation for the delay was given.

Read the full story here


Harrogate Bus Company honour our NHS heroes

Harrogate Bus Company Transdev are thanking our healthcare heroes across the area with a bus dedicated to the NHS.

The artwork currently in the works features real people on the front line during the coronavirus crisis and is set to be revealed on the same day that the new Nightingale Hospital opens in Harrogate.


Primary school recreate Captain Tom Moore's walk in lego!

This is brilliant!

Westfield Primary School in York have immortalised Captain Tom Moore's famous fundraising walk in lego.

The animation, which was displayed in their virtual assembly, shows the final leg of the 99-year-olds walk in which he has raised almost £30 MILLION for various NHS charities.

Watch the video below:


Walk your Paws Challenge to raise money for vulnerable and their dogs

Animal welfare charity Street Paws have launched a 'Walk your Paws Challenge' in a bid to raise money for vulnerable people and their dogs.

The charity, who have locations in York, Leeds and Harrogate, have challenged dog walkers to walk their dog, send them a photo, donate £5 and then nominate 5 other people to do the same.

Check out their fundraising page here


NHS still 'Here to Help'

Feeling unwell? Don't wait until it's too late!

Bradford and Craven GP Dr David Tatham has issued a plea to those that feel unwell to seek help via Craven Council's social media.

The NHS is #StillHereToHelp across the country and GP's are still available if needed! 


North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue make walk warning

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue have issued a warning about open water when out for a dog walk or when doing your one piece of daily exercise.

The warning comes as the service revealed around 50% of drowning cases in 2018 involved people who had no intention of going in the water. 

Keep an eye out for open water and be careful!


Luxury spa break competition for key workers!

Do you know anyone working on the frontline to combat coronavirus?

The Luxury Spa Edit and Grantley Hall are currently running a competition for key workers that can see them win a luxury spa break for two at Grantley Hall in Ripon.

The prize includes an overnight stay, dinner, breakfast and spa treatments - so if you or anyone you know is a NHS worker, make sure you enter below!


Harrogate Scrubbers raise over £11,000


Harrogate Scrubbers have now raised over £11,000 and have produced over 700 scrubs for key workers at Harrogate Hospital combating coronavirus.

The Facebook group was launched by Fran Taylor in response to the national shortage of scrubs and raised over £4.5k in their first 24 hours.

The group has committed to make 700 scrubs for staff working in the Harrogate area to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.


Vicar of Dibley set for lockdown return

Some good news at last!

Dawn French has revealed she will be donning the famous collar once again for a special return of the Vicar of Dibley.

French will return as Geraldine on Thursday night's Big Night In special event and has given us a little preview here...


Captain Moore to help launch NHS Nightingale, Harrogate

The NHS Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate officially opens today.

It's the first field hospital to be created outside a city and will help the region deal with coronavirus cases.

The temporary hospital will provide 500 extra critical care beds for COVID-19 patients.

Captain Tom Moore - the war veteran who's raised millions for the NHS - will be the guest of honour at the opening.

The 99-year-old will appear via video link at the ceremony later today.