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Coronavirus - update: Thursday, 30 April

Coronavirus - update: Thursday, 30 April

Published by May Norman at 7:01am 30th April 2020. (Updated at 5:13pm 30th April 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Thursday, 30 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):


Two YAS workers die from coronavirus 

Two Yorkshire Ambulance Service workers have died from coronavirus this week.  

One was from North Yorkshire and the other from West Yorkshire.  

You can read more here.  


Craven businesses asked to complete coronavirus survey 

Craven District Council is conducting a survey of all businesses in the district to find out how the coronavirus pandemic has affected trade. 

The Council is asking as many businesses as possible to fill in the survey, which can be accessed here.   

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

“We know many of our local businesses are struggling during the pandemic and we are doing everything we can to support them. 

“We are keen to continue supporting local businesses through this current crisis and during the recovery period, and so we need to know more about the situation they are in and the help they will need. We are hoping that as many businesses as possible in Craven will complete this survey.”


391 more deaths in England

There have been a further  391 deaths from coronavirus in hospitals in England.   

It brings the total reported deaths in hospitals in England to 20,137.

No further deaths have been reported in the Stray FM area in the past 24 hours.   

You can read more here.  




We'll meet again

Vintage harmony trio 'The Bluebirds' have put together a heartwarming version of Vera Lynn's classic 'We'll Meet Again', showcasing pictures of their dearest friends and family, as well as residents of care and residential homes that they often perform at. 

Being self employed performers; The Bluebirds are out of work for the foreseeable future, but they thought their video could bring a smile to a few peoples faces whilst they are unable to perform live: 


'Worrying' rise in traffic as car use hits highest level

Traffic levels on UK roads have reached their highest level since the coronavirus lockdown was introduced, new figures have revealed.

Government data shows the number of vehicles being driven on Monday was 56% lower than in early February, but up by 3% compared with the same day last week.

The increase was described as "slightly worrying" by Public Health England medical director Dr Yvonne Doyle, who said the country had not emerged from the worst stage of the coronavirus outbreak.

Read the full story here


Skipton school's heartwarming message

Brooklands School in Skipton has sent out a special message to the community during the coronavirus lockdown, with their own version of "You'll Never Walk Alone."

The school says it's missing being together as a school and wanted to send a message to pupils and families. 

Read the full story and see the video here


Wetherspoons targeting June reopen date

Some good news at last!

The boss of JD Wetherspoon is targeting a re-opening of his pubs in late June after bars were closed at the start of the coronavirus lockdown.

Tim Martin revealed his timeframe for a resumption in trading as the deputy chief medical officer for England shot down hopes that beer gardens could re-open any time soon.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam told reporters at the daily Downing Street briefing that it was important social distancing measures were eased gradually so as not to risk a return of more COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Read the full story here


Dishforth Military Wives Choir give musical tribute to Captain Tom

Dishforth Military Wives Choir have put together their own song for Captain Tom's 100 birthday - definitely one to watch:


Airedale NHS Hospital choir share their take on 'Lean on Me' 


More fundraising heroics in Ripon

Two students of Outwood Academy in Ripon have completed their 2.6 challenge and raised a fantastic £580 for Saint Michael's Hospice.

Year 7 student Harrison Swaine and his brother cycled 26 miles as part of the challenge, which was started in place of the postponed London Marathon.

Brilliant work boys and well done!


Have your say in the next HIF Player podcast

Harrogate International Festivals' popular HIF Player has been keeping us all entertained with regular podcasts throughout lockdown after their summer season was cancelled, but which event should they release next?

Have your say now!


What a cheesy birthday present

As tributes and well-wishes flood in for Captain Tom Moore's birthday, Wensleydale Creamery have got something extra special to help him celebrate 100 years... 


Delivery service with a difference

You can get anything delivered nowadays!

Disability Action Yorkshire has launched a home delivery service with a difference, as they are dropping off jigsaws, books, and DVDs to help entertain people isolating at home.

Usually the charity runs a social enterprise scheme which sells donated goods, but after the coronavirus crisis forced it to close, the charity decided instead to give jigsaws, books and DVDs to help relieve boredom brought on by the continuing pandemic.

Read the full story here


Harrogate boy dancing for 12 hours for NHS

Another fantastic fundraising story!

A boy from Harrogate is dancing for 12 hours today to raise money for the NHS.

14-year-old George Papadopoullos is doing a 12-hour "danceathon" today (Thursday, 30 April), starting at 8am and finishing in time for the Clap for the NHS this evening.  

He'll be doing some of the "danceathon" on Zoom, and has set up a JustGiving page where people can donate.  

Read the full story here


And it looks like he's been on TV before!

Captain Tom Moore's fundraising heroics have captured the hearts of the nation and he's made several appearances on television and radio for his fantastic support for the NHS - but it's not his first time...

The veteran, who turns 100-years-old today, made an appearance on Blanket Blank on Christmas Day in 1983!


Captain Tom Moore reaches £30 million!

What a way to celebrate your 100th birthday!

Captain Tom Moore's fundraising page has now reached £30 million for NHS Charities Together!

If you haven't already, check out the fundraising page here

Captain Tom Moore

Harrogate Town start work on new family stand

Harrogate Town football club have been keeping a close eye on the news after the National League season was cancelled due to Covid-19 and their promotion hopes put in the balance.

But to add further weight to aspirations of going up into League Two, the club have started work on developing the CNG Stadium to meet English Football League criteria.

First team manager Simon Weaver said:

“Hopefully it shows supporters and everyone in Harrogate that whilst we are striving to achieve promotion, we are continuing to improve our stadium, receiving  EFL approval for ground capacity.

“We already have a great atmosphere on match days and the new family stand  will allow more families to enjoy watching exciting football in a comfortable, safe environment.”


Safety reminder for #ClapforCarers

The weekly tradition of clapping for carers is set to take place again tonight, but as the applause gets more extravagant, fire services up and down the country and reminding people to avoid sky lanterns!


Harrogate Borough Council's 'three-point' plan

Chief Executive of Harrogate Borough Council Wallace Sampson has revealed a 'three-point' plan to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Sampson said the council is prioritising frontline services, staff safety and the district’s hard-hit economy as it starts plotting a route to recovery.

The local authority has only received £1.6million towards climbing coronavirus costs from central government to date – and any future funds remain an uncertainty.

But Mr Sampson said there is no “immediate concern” that the council will be short of the cash it needs to fund essential services.

Read the full story here


And so do the Royal Navy!


Macmillian Cancer Care staff have a message for Captain Tom...


Here to Help

Volunteers and staff from HELP Harrogate have been working tirelessly throughout the coronavirus crisis to help those in need.

If you or anyone you know requires assistance, get in touch with them via social media.

Check out the video below and you'll see how they've managed to help over 360 people with nearly 600 tasks!


UCI Road Championships cancelled

Cyclings biggest event, which was held across the Stray FM area last year, has been cancelled and will not go ahead in June as planned.

Organisers are hopeful the rescheduled event can still take place at some point this year:


Llamas join in the TikTok fun

It's official... Nidderdale Llamas now have TikTok!

And as you could have predicted, their first video doesn't disappoint:


Tour de Yorkshire blues

Today would've marked the start of the Tour de Yorkshire 2020 had it not been postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.

The annual event will likely not take place until 2021, but that doesn't mean we can't reminisce about the fantastic spectacle from previous years! 


Armed Forces join in birthday celebrations

The Armed Forces and Royal Air Force have teamed up to wish Captain Tom Moore a happy 100th birthday in style!

Captain Tom turns 100 today and has been praised for his generosity and determination to support the NHS throughout the coronavirus crisis:


Army band sing happy birthday

What a lovely video from the Yorkshire Regiment!

Captain Tom Moore has well and truly captured the hearts of the nation:


Cash shortfall to tackle COVID-19 in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire has today warned that its ability to deliver social care and other essential services to meet the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis has been severely hampered:


Captain Tom becomes Colonel

Captain Tom Moore's been given an honorary title at Harrogate's Army Foundation College.

The Second World War veteran - who turns 100 today - has been appointed as an honorary colonel to mark his milestone.

It's in recognition of his fundraising efforts in which he generated almost £30m for NHS charities.

Captain Tom's appointment, which has been approved by the Queen, is to inspire the next generation of soldiers.

Read more on this here.

Happy Birthday, Captain Tom!