Coronavirus - update: Wednesday, 29 April

Coronavirus - update: Wednesday, 29 April

Published by May Norman at 5:48am 29th April 2020. (Updated at 5:07pm 29th April 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Wednesday, 29 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):


UK death toll passes 26,000

Public Health England says a total of 26, 097 patients have died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm yesterday.

From today, the government is reporting the total deaths in all settings, rather than just in hospitals.  


'Go-to' mental health website for young people in North Yorkshire 

A new website has been launched dedicated to helping children and young people find mental health support in North Yorkshire.

The site is a portal or ‘single point of information’ for the wide range of mental health support services offered by different agencies in the county.

You can access it here.  





North Yorkshire Council warns of hit to Covid-19 services by reduced funding share

North Yorkshire County Counil has warned its ability to deliver social care and other essential services to meet the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis is being hampered by a lack of funding,

The council says its share of a national funding pot is only half of the additional cash it is having to spend. Despite the fact the County Council is spending an additional £65m to tackle Covid-19, it has only been allocated £26m of Government funding.

County Council leader Cllr Carl Les said:

“There is clearly a need for further funding or there will inevitably be an impact upon the crucial services we provide and to the wider economy including our supply chain. We will simply not be able to provide the levels of local support we believe need to be in place in response to a global pandemic.”

“I fear some county councils will find themselves in very difficult circumstances as they will not be able to bridge this gap. North Yorkshire County Council has managed its finances well by tackling its savings early and decisively so we will be able to weather this storm, but we will inevitably now have to revisit some of our plans for investment in the future as the impact is so great and there will be little room for flexibility.”




Two more deaths in 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.  

The total number of confirmed deaths in hospitals in England is now 19,746.

You can read more here.  




Sock wars

North Yorkshire sport have introduced a fun workout you can do at home... 

The game involves evading your partner with your sock still in tow.

Let the sock wars commence!


Harrogate High get creative

Some great work is still being done in schools by the children of key workers!

Check out these memory stones and stones dedicated to the NHS to be placed in the school garden:



First it was hand sanitiser... Then it was toilet paper... And now, FLOUR is the one thing that everyone wants but can't seem to find on the shelves.

Well Fodder in Harrogate have got some!

They've just restocked their shelves and have an online order system open.

Could it be time for (another) batch of banana bread?


Ryanair customers made to wait for refunds

Ryanair has been criticised after customers said they were told to wait 12 months for a refund due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Would-be travellers complained about the new policy, which saw those with cancelled flights emailed and encouraged to take a voucher for the original value of their trip instead.

Screenshots appear to show an email telling passengers that these vouchers would be valid for a year and they would only receive a refund if it expired unused.

Read the full story here


Harrogate Mum to Race For Life at home in memory of former teacher

The daughter of a former Harrogate teacher is encouraging people to Race for Life at Home and carry on the fight against the disease in these unprecedented times.

Lisa Millett, who works for Cancer Research UK, has committed to using her one hour exercise a day to run or walk in memory of her dad Keith, the former deputy head of Granby High School.

Keith died at the age of just 55 in 2004 after a long battle with oesophageal cancer.

Lisa said:

“Everyone has seen their lives turned upside down because of coronavirus.

"I’m trying to embrace the change and make the most of the extra time with my family, but also try and keep the work of the charity going. Just because normal life has stopped doesn’t mean cancer does.”

As the nation continues on lockdown, undeterred women and men like Lisa are vowing to complete a Race for Life at Home challenge at home, in their garden or their nearest green space.

Lisa Millett Pretty Muddy York

Electrical goodies delivered to Airedale Hospital Staff

Staff at Airedale Hospital have thanked Meritec for the electrical goodies delivered by lorry as a thank you for the work being done to fight Coronavirus.

Check out the electrical contents, including kettles, fridges, microwaves and TV's:


You've bin warned...

Green and blue bins collections across Craven are a day EARLIER than usual next week!


Tips from Titchmarsh

It's National Gardening Week, and plenty of people have been using their time in lockdown to spruce up their yard.

Gardening expert Alan Titchmarsh has got some tips that can leave your lockdown lawn looking lovely: 


Number of Harrogate to York trains set to double

We may not be able to leave our homes just yet, but when we can, it looks like it'll be a lot easier getting from Harrogate to York!

The number of trains running between Harrogate and York is set to double by May 2021 after council chiefs pledged to spend £13million on rail upgrades.

The train tracks are currently running using centuries-old technology – and funds for the long-awaited improvement project were first secured in 2013.

Read the full story here


York Rescue Boat grateful for donated PPE

York Rescue Boat have expressed their gratitude for donated face shields that allow their team to be safe during callouts.

The independent lifeboat and search and rescue team based in York work around the Rivers Ouse and Foss in York.


Early Bird Running Crew conquer 2.6 challenge

Harrogate's Early Bird Run Crew completed their 2.6 challenge on Sunday and have now raised over £800 - more than 3 times their original target!

EBRC have been fundraising for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) and have put together some of their #sweatyselfies:


Thank you council workers!

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council’s Leader, has joined together with councillors from across the political spectrum, and from all corners of our district, to create a ‘thank you’ video for Bradford Council staff.

The video has been shared with staff within the organisation, to thank colleagues for their strength and commitment during the coronavirus lockdown.

It is also being shared on the council’s social media and YouTube so that workers’ friends and family can see the tribute:


RSPCA under pressure during lockdown in Yorkshire

In the month since the start of the lockdown, the RSPCA has dealt with more than 21,000 animal incidents - an average of 660 a day, or 27 an hour and 477 of those incidents have been in North Yorkshire.

The charity has released the figures as part of its emergency appeal, launched to keep its rescue teams out on the road. 

Animal rescuers at the charity have been designated key workers by the Government but vital funding is needed to help the RSPCA’s frontline staff continue this crucial work across England and Wales. 

Read the full story here


Yorkshire Cricket Captain's son joins fundraising challenge

Captain of Yorkshire County Cricket Club Steven Patterson has seen his son join the 2.6 challenge - an initiative to raise money for NHS Charities in place of the postponed London Marathon.

6-year-old Henry Patterson set out to raise £260 by running 2.6 miles and has already raised over £1300!

Well done Henry!


Does your business need PPE?

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is not easy to come by, but the demand among key workers is growing!

If your business is in need of Personal Protection Equipment then head to the PPE Exchange website:


Harrogate Hospital restarts some vital health services

Vital NHS services which were paused because of the coronavirus outbreak are being restarted at Harrogate Hospital.

Trust bosses have announced that key parts of the health service, which had been stopped so doctors and nurses could be transferred to virus departments, will begin seeing high-priority patients.

The move was green-lighted by Health Secretary Matt Hancock who said the “exact pace of the restoration” will be determined by individual hospitals based on how many coronavirus patients they still have.

Read the full story here


It's a boy!

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiance Carrie Symonds have announced the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital this morning.

A spokesman has said both mother and baby are doing very well.


Firefighters help Ilkley woman celebrate her 80th birthday

An Ilkley resident had an 80th birthday celebration to remember as local firefighters visited her house to say thank you for the incredible work she has done in helping her local hospital during the coronavirus crisis.

The woman has spent her time in lockdown making surgical gowns and masks for her daughter and her colleagues at Howarth Medical Hospital, but was unable to celebrate her birthday with family due to lockdown restrictions:


Betty's Bread Box

Missing freshly baked bread from Betty's? You're in luck!

The tearoom are putting together Bread Boxes that can delivered as early as next Tuesday:


It's Wellbeing Wednesday!

The PE team at Harrogate High have put together some challenges to kick off your Wellbeing Wednesday! 


Happy 100th Birthday Eileen!

Watch the special moment as neighbours gathered to wish Eileen a happy 100th birthday!

The village was also joined by some members of the North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service to give her 100 seconds of clapping to celebrate 100 years:


Check out all those cards!

Captain Tom Moore celebrates his 100th birthday on Thursday as people from all over the world wrote to wish him their best.

The veteran has received over 120,000 cards from well-wishers after raising almost £30 million for NHS Charities Together.

Check out the photos:


Colour in Captain Tom

On the eve of Captain Tom's 100th birthday, encourage the kids to do some colouring - and the adults too - with these downloadable printouts.

The 99-year-old - originally from Keighley - has stolen the nation's hearts by raising £30m for NHS charities by doing 100 laps of his garden.

The Second World War veteran turns 100 tomorrow (Thursday, 30 April).


Harrogate venue serves up hundreds of free pizzas for key workers

A North Yorkshire café and bar is making and delivering pizzas for front line key workers - and they plan on doing it for the duration of COVID-19.

Major Tom's Social in Harrogate has cooked, donated and delivered more than 250 fresh pizzas to front line workers during the Coronavirus pandemic.

They've given away pizzas to the Nightingale Hospital, Station View care centre and The Cuttings extra care housing scheme.


MPs raise concerns of lockdown impact on students

MPs are warning the shutdown of schools because of coronavirus will widen the education gap between north and south.

They've written an open letter, claiming the poorest pupils risk falling behind. 

Figures suggest two thirds of secondary schools teaching the most disadvantaged communities are in the north of England.


Big THANKS to all our posties

Our postal workers have always been there for us and today is no different.

During this time of national crisis, they've still been out, keeping families, communities and our country connected.

Today is postal workers' day - so let's say a big THANK YOU to all our posties.


Wellbeing rooms opened for NHS staff

Wellbeing rooms have opened up for staff at Airedale General Hospital.

They're in place for those who need some peace and quiet during busy shifts.

Health bosses recognise workers at the hospital are facing unprecedented demands.

To read more, click here.


The world's BIGGEST thank you card

We're being urged to sign the world's biggest thank you card for the NHS.

It's been made possible, thanks to Card Factory.

In exchange for a signature, all they ask for is a small donation as its raising money for NHS Charities Together, the national organisation which supports the work of more than 140 NHS charities.

More can be found here


Emergency business grants almost paid out

More than £40m has been dished out to Harrogate businesses who're struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

Over 4,000 firms have accessed an emergency government funding pot of £12.3bn.

Harrogate District Council is urged those who're eligible for a grant to come forward.