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Coronavirus - update: Monday 27, April

Coronavirus - update: Monday 27, April

Published by May Norman at 5:50am 27th April 2020. (Updated at 4:28pm 27th April 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Monday, 27 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):


More than £17m paid out  to small businesses in Craven 

Craven District Council has paid out over £17.7 million in grants to local small businesses. 

But the council believes there are still around 500 local businesses who may be eligible for the grants - and is encouraging them to come forward.

Any businesses who believe they are eligible for the grants and have not yet submitted their details online are asked to do so here.  

Councillor Richard Foster, Leader of Craven District Council, said:

“Council staff in our Revenues and Benefits department have done a magnificent job in ensuring that local companies get the grants they need to survive. 

“We want to ensure that the businesses who are eligible for these grants get the support they need. If you believe you are eligible then please do fill in our online form."

Overall just over 2,000 businesses in the district will receive a £10,000 or £25,000 grant depending on their rateable value.


Harrogate and Knaresborough MP urges people to be prepared for life after lockdown 

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones is urging local businesses and community groups to plan for how they might come out of lockdown. 

It's after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country is "beginning to turn the tide" against the virus.  

You can read more here.  


North Yorkshire Police issue more than 60 fines over weekend 

Police in North Yorkshire issued more than 60 fines over the weekend for unnecessary journeys.

31 were issued on Saturday and 30 on Sunday.  

People visited the county from West Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria and Kent.

You can read more here.  


Two more deaths in Stray FM area

There have been two more deaths from coronavirus in the Stray FM area.  

They were both patients at Airedale Hospital.  

You can read more here.  



Ilkley street runs lockdown marathon 

Here's another very impressive '2.6 challenge' from the weekend! 

Yesterday the residents of St Johns Road ran the length of the London Marathon to raise more than £9,500 for local charity Carers’ Resource. 

That meant 30 households running four laps each. 

They were even joined by Team GB Triathlete Brit Tate. 

AMAZING effort, well done! 

You can read more and see some pictures here 

Ilkley street marathon

Silden family's EPIC fundraising challenge 

With lots of people taking on the 2.6 challenge, one Silseden family are taking it to the extreme! 

Victoria Wall and her three children (aged 10, 9 and 9) are going to try climb the equivalent height of Mount Everest on our staircase. 

That's 3,339 times! 

They started on Friday and reckon it'll take them two weeks.

The family are fundraising for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. 

To donate, visit

Good luck guys! 


Wellbeing rooms at Airedale Hospital 

Several wellbeing rooms have been set up for staff at Airedale Hospital. 

With workers at the hospital facing unprecedented demands, the new rooms are already proving popular with staff that might need to take a breath, recharge or take a moment to themselves.

The rooms are available 24/7 and are also stocked with items that have been donated by the community including mugs, drinks, snacks and handcream. 

Jo Harrison, Director of People and Organisational Development at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said:

“Our staff are facing huge challenges at the current time and we’re working hard to make sure we can support both their physical and mental wellbeing.

“The new rooms are somewhere for staff to go if they just need to take a moment to themselves and find some peace and quiet before they go back to caring for our patients.

“All of the rooms have information about how to access further support including counselling and psychological support." 

Airedale hospital coronavirus wellbeing room




Harrogate BID launches coronavirus survey 

Harrogate BID (Business Improvement District) has launched a survey for businesses about the impact of the virus. 

The organisation says it wants to better understand what assistance businesses require now and once the lockdown ends.  

The questionnaire has been sent to all members but you can also fill it in online. 

Find out more here 


In-house testing at Airedale and Harrogate Hospitals 

Integrated Pathology Solutions, the joint venture between Airedale, Bradford and Harrogate Hospitals Trusts, has now launched in house testing for patients and staff with suspected Covid-19 so they can get a rapid diagnosis and the expert care they need.

The lab did this in record time despite having to entirely build the testing capability from the beginning, and in the first week has already processed over 700 tests.

You can read more here 



2.6 Challenge superstars 

Lots of people have taken part in the '2.6 challenge' over the weekend.

It was the brainchild of the organisers of the London Marathon, which would've taken place yesterday (26th April...see what they did there?)

Families and individuals were encouraged to do a fundraising challenge incorporating the numbers 2 or 6. 

So many of you took up the challenge and raised money for local courses. Well done to everyone who took part! 

Here's a couple of examples of how people have been fundraising for Martin House Children's Hospice in Boston Spa: 


Monday Motivation 

In need of some exercise this morning? Why not follow the example of Ripon Grammar School, who've come up with the 60-second plank to press-up challenge? 


PM: "The UK is turning the tide against coronavirus"

The prime minister has given a statement outside Downing Street as he returns to work -  insisting the UK is turning the tide against coronavirus.

Boris Johnson, who's just recovered from Covid-19, says there are real signs we're passing the peak.

The PM says we're facing a moment of maximum risk, and now is not time to give up with social distancing measures. 

To read more click here.


Minority break coronavirus rules

Whilst most of us continue to adhere to the coronavirus restrictions, there are a handful of people who defy those lockdown rules.

This weekend was no different.

North Yorkshire Police had to dealt with the following:


All hands to the pumps

There is lots of work going on behind closed doors to ensure North Yorkshire continues to operate during the coronavirus pandemic.

Volunteers, North Yorkshire Police, Army and the Royal Air Force are working hard to manage social care, key worker COVID-19 testing, PPE distribution and many other services. 


Captain Tom on Royal Mail stamps

Letters and parcels sent this week will be stamped with a special postmark to celebrate the 100th birthday of Captain Tom Moore.

The Second World War veteran, who's originally from Keighley, has raised nearly thirty million pounds for the NHS by walking laps of his garden.

The postmark, which describes him as a "fundraising hero", will be applied to all mail sent from today until the first of May.


Drive-thru COVID-19 test centre is OPEN

A drive-thru coronavirus test centre is now open in North Yorkshire.

The facility at Poppleton Park and Ride in York is open for NHS and other key workers only, and they'll need to make an appointment.

It's one of 50 regional centres being set up by the government.

To read more, click here.


Letters of support

There are calls for letters or pictures of support to be sent to a Ripon care home which houses war veterans.

The Royal British Legion runs Lister House in the city.

On a Facebook post, staff there are appealing for children to put pen to paper in drawing a picture or write a letter to residents and staff.

The address you need to post it is:

To a Veteran (or To Lister House Team). Southgate. Ripon. HG4 1PG.