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Coronavirus - update: Friday, 24 April

Coronavirus - update: Friday, 24 April

Published by May Norman at 5:23am 24th April 2020. (Updated at 4:59pm 24th April 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Friday, 24 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):



Knaresborough Bed Race planning 'something physically distanced'

The Bed Race was supposed to be held on 13th June. 

The Knaresborough Lions say they are planning 'something safe and physically distanced' instead.  

You can keep up to date here.






Hundreds of fixed penalty notices issued in North Yorkshire 

More than 350 fixed penalty notices have been issued by police in North Yorkshire -  since the coronavirus legislation on non-essential travel was introduced in March.

Police are reminding people to stay at home ahead of good weather this weekend.  

You can read more here.  


One YAA helicopter back in service tomorrow 

One of the two Yorkshire Air Ambulance helicopters will return to service from tomorrow.  

They were both grounded earlier this month as paramedics were redeployed to tackle the virus outbreak.

You can read more here.  


Six more deaths in Stray FM area

Six more coronavirus deaths have been confirmed in the Stray FM area. 

Four were patients at Airedale Hospital and two at Harrogate Hospital.  

The total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England is now 17,373.

You can read more here.  



Thank you Keighley Bus Company!

Another bus company has been recognised by the community for their great work in getting key workers to where they need to be during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Customers have dropped off some biscuits for the driving team in a bid to keep up spirits.


Look who's back!

Popular comedian Peter Kay has made his long anticipated return to TV - equipped with a Solero, sunglasses and a smile!

The 46-year-old star sent "lots of love" to fans, as he revealed a rebooted version of his charity hit (Is This The Way To) Amarillo as part of the BBC's Big Night In, raising money for those affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Read the full story here


Police issue warm weather warning

With good weather expected this weekend, North Yorkshire Police have issued a plea for people to continue observing social distancing rules:


Fundraising heroics from Harrogate's Emily Caffrey

Harrogate's Emily Caffrey has now raised over Β£4,000 for NHS Charities Together in her challenge to walk 10 miles in one week.

Six-year-old Emily, who has cerebral palsy and a brain malformation, uses a walker and splints to walk around and had originally set out to raise Β£500 but has raised nearly 9 times that amount!

Fantastic work Emily!

Check out her fundraising page here

Emily and Hannah Caffrey

Another Stay at Home Challenge!

Hockey players at Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate have been showing off their skills and have come up with their own Stay at Home Challenge involving keepie uppies!

Stay at Home Challenges involving toilet rolls have become quite popular since lockdown began last month. 

Check out their skills below:


One for the animal lovers...

Staff from RSPCA have been showing their gratitude for everyone that has supported them throughout the COVID-19 outbreak with a dance!

The video shared on the official RSPCA Twitter page includes members of staff throwing some shapes and also features some of their furry companions!

They want you to get involved too, so share your own dancing videos using #StillHereForAnimals, either dressed up as an animal or to an animal-related song!


Harrogate Theatre Emergency Appeal update

Harrogate Theatre's Emergency Appeal has received a huge amount of support since the Coronavirus outbreak.

And the Theatre have revealed they have now raised over Β£30,000 since they launched the appeal!

Find more details about the Emergency Appeal here


Key workers show their thanks to Harrogate Bus Company

Harrogate Bus Company have been working hard to get key workers, including health workers, to their place of work - and they've received a little gift as a thank you!

A customer has given the team a supportive message along with some treats for them to enjoy.

Keep up the great work guys!


North Yorkshire gin distilleries turn to producing sanitiser

This is great to see!

Three North Yorkshire Distilleries have began producing hand sanitiser in a bid to help fight the spread of coronavirus.

Masons Gin, Spirit of Masham and Harrogate Tipple have turned to hand sanitiser production to support not only North Yorkshire County Council, but also health services and other organisations.


The Forest School in Knaresborough present... The Gruffalo!

Children may be off school across the country, but that doesn't mean they can't enjoy a read-along of one of their favourite books...

Staff from The Forest School in Knaresborough have come together for storytime as they present The Gruffalo!

Check out the video below, complete with sign language:


ICYMI: "Two Point Six Challenge" this Sunday!

This Sunday was due to be the London Marathon 2020 before it was pushed back to October, but a national fundraising event - the Two Point Six Challenge - has been set up in its stead!

Organisers of the London Marathon have developed the initiative which invites people to take part in an activity of their choice based around the numbers 2.6 or 26.

What activity will you be doing?


Fears COVID-19 death rate could be higher in Harrogate

At least seven deaths linked to coronavirus in Harrogate may not be captured in official estimates, new figures suggest.

Shadow social care minister Liz Kendall has called on the Government to publish daily figures of Covid-19 deaths outside hospital settings, including in care homes, to understand "the true scale of the problem."

Office for National statistics data shows that in Harrogate, 23 deaths involving Covid-19 were provisionally registered up to April 10. Of those, seven occurred in care homes.

Read the full story here


Don't forget to double bag!

If someone in your household is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, be sure to double-bag any personal waste items such as tissues and disposable cleaning cloths!

You should then wait a minimum of 72 hours before putting them in your outdoor bin to avoid spreading the germs:


New Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate hosts applause for NHS

Some more highlights from last nights clap for the NHS...

Here's the special moment that emergency services and residents came together at the new NHS Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate for the weekly applause:


UK needs to pass '5 tests' before lockdown can end

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has thanked the nation for its efforts in social distancing, but has outlined 5 tests that the country must pass before the government can ease the restrictions:


'Home Heroes' needed in your area!

Harrogate Easier Living Project (HELP) is calling out for 'Home Heroes' to take part in national fundraising initiative the β€œ2.6 Challenge” to raise funds to enable them to reach out to more people in need.

Organisers of the London Marathon, which should have been held this Sunday 26th April, have developed the initiative which invites people to take part in an activity of their choice based around the numbers 2.6 or 26.

Lizzie Hughes, Project Development Worker, explains:

β€œWe’re looking for Home Heroes who can create their own challenge from walking, scooting or hopping 2.6 miles, juggling for 2.6 minutes, to holding online workouts with 26 friends."

Read the full story here


Cowbells at the ready!

And here's another road, this time in Craven, recognising the NHS with their own weekly round of applause last night.

One resident even lets off balloons to celebrate her granddaughter who is a paramedic!


Pateley Bridge clap for NHS

As we know, Thursday night clapping for the NHS has become a weekly tradition and last night was no exception.

Check out these Pateley Bridge residents who have all come together (some in fancy dress!) to applaud the amazing work being done by our health workers:


Could promotion still be on the cards for Harrogate Town?

Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver is still hopeful that the dream of promotion to the football league may be on the cards.

Before the season was suspended due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Town lay just four points off leaders Barrow, and were one of just four clubs who voted for the season to be completed in a safe environment after lockdown is lifted.

The majority of clubs voted for the season to be cancelled however, and will now be given a say in how promotion and relegation is decided to be announced in the coming weeks.

Town manager Simon Weaver has understandably expressed his desire for the team's valiant efforts to be rewarded with the ultimate dream of league football given that the club lie second in the table, just four points off leaders Barrow.

Listen to the full chat with Town boss Simon Weaver here


Key workers can now be tested for Coronavirus

Key workers across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale and anyone in their household are able to book coronavirus tests online from today (Friday 24th April) if they have symptoms of the illness.

The health secretary announced the move after the testing capacity increased from 40,000 to 51,000 on Thursday, meaning the UK is "ahead of our plans" to reach 100,000 tests per day by the end of April.

Here is a simple guide - compiled by Sky News - to who qualifies as a key worker, how they can book a test, and what it involves.


NHS praise continues.....

Not all heroes wear capes

I love this....


Olympic sewing effort in Ilkley

Community efforts continue to astound us.

Sewers in Ilkley are still producing scrubs and bags for local health care workers.

There are now 100 people making so many - in fact, over 300 have now been made.

The campaign only started 10 days or so ago - as reported on Stray FM.


Colourful NHS tribute

The teachers and children of key workers at St Aidan's School have used their creativity to show their support for the NHS.

This beautiful piece of artwork has been sent to the NHS Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate.

As you can see Steve Russell, chief executive of the new hospital, is over the moon with it: