How the Yorkshire community has united during the coronavirus pandemic

PUBLISHED: 12:13 04 May 2020

Ian and Jill Swire donated £20,000 to feed NHS families in their home village of Honely

Ian and Jill Swire donated £20,000 to feed NHS families in their home village of Honely

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The big lockdown has brought out the best of Yorkshire heart and spirit in community and business…

In York the Supper Collective galvanises the efforts of restaurants, cafes, chefs and food producers to provide 100 meals a day for the isolated and vulnerable in their homes as well as for key NHS workers. Based in the city’s ‘Bishy Road’ area, Supper Collective sees restaurants supply meals on different days for distribution. Examples of their efforts also include treats such as mini cheese boards from Pairings wine bar delivered to the staff at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Businesses involved include Skosh, Whippet Inn, Brew and Brownie, Dough-Eyed Pizza, Source, Chopping Block, Haxby Bakehouse, Daughter Cafe and The Pig. Organiser Julia Holding has also received help and donations of produce from many other suppliers

For help, the low rate call number is 0333 200 5465 or you can donate at

gofundme.com/suppercollective

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Sheffield book publisher Twinkl donated 500 books to Sheffield S6 Foodbank to go in food parcels being delivered to families with young children who are struggling during lockdown. Flow Solutions UK Ltd, delivered the books free of charge to the S6 Foodbank, part of the Trussell Trust network.

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Girls from Queen Margaret’s School in Escrick, York, launched a new pen pal scheme to bring friendship and cheer to the lonely and isolated. The scheme was inspired by Queen Margaret’s Year I girls writing letters to residents of a local care home who were delighted to receive the notes at a time when their own families are not able to visit. Nearly 50 Queen Margaret’s students from across all year groups signed up to be a part of the initiative.

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Two North Yorkshire companies headed up by brothers Tristan and Tom Hulbert joined forces to scale up their services and provide essential equipment to health and social care services across the UK during the coronavirus crisis. Yorkshire Care Equipment in Harrogate and Innova Care Concepts in Wetherby invested in a new warehouse, increased production and stock levels, and rapid delivery times for urgent equipment requests, particularly for Nightingale emergency field hospitals throughout the UK.

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Craft brewers and distillers have been using their might and machinery to create essential hand rub sanitisers for NHS workers on the frontline and vulnerable people. Among them Dishforth’s Bad Co Brewing and Distilling who are dispatching the products for free. Other heroes for hands include York’s Cooper King Distillery and Harrogate Tipple – nice work. If you don’t need hand rub, buy some beers or gin from them instead.

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Cedar Court Hotels in Bradford, Huddersfield, Wakefield and Harrogate were temporarily closed but two have reopened to support government contracts. Staff have turned their collective force towards initiatives such as; care packages dropped off to neighbours in need; repurposing hotels to support the NHS and their local efforts; hosting entertainment online. There are plans for a series of videos from exercise tips to instructional DIY ideas from a team of engineers.

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Cottage Foods in Halifax has been rising to a challenging year. In February the business suffered a near catastrophic flood during Storm Ciara causing £250,000 worth of damage.

The coronavirus crisimeant the food supply business lost its customer base overnight due to the restrictions put in place by the government, forcing the management team to make some quick decisions.

They changed focus doing doorstep home deliveries, taking food to more than 700 households, helping vulnerable and at-risk members of the community. Cottage Foods trade and provide safe employment for the bulk of its locally based team.

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Clubvits, a Skipton based supplement company, has joined forces with The Principle Trust Children’s Charity to provide free vitamins to key workers, the elderly and children. They will also raise funds to send key workers and their children on free holidays once they are able. Clubvits have included a ‘round-up option’ on their online store whereby proceeds will be donated.

The charity has five holiday homes and plans to provide free breaks to hard-working staff and their families once this pandemic is controlled. To get involved email fundraising@theprincipletrust.co.uk.

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Rewilding Adventure which normally runs courses such as axe throwing and bushcraft courses is running a Corona Boredom blog showing families how they can have mini outdoor adventures in their back garden, including back garden bird bingo!

rewildingadventure.co.uk

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Woodlands Farm B&B in North Yorkshire which normally runs cookery experiences is running cookery videos on their Facebook site. Great for little ones to make ‘cakes for coping’.

facebook.com/MyKitchenatWoodlandsFarmThimbleby

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If you’re at home with a small baby, you might be in need of a bit of mummy company. Happy Sleepy Baby normally runs classes in the Scarborough and Filey areas but is now running some online sessions, such as baby yoga classes.

happysleepybaby.com/blog

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In Honley near Huddersfield NHS workers have been given a food lifeline by big-hearted couple Ian and Jull Swire from the village. They were able to donate £20,000 to local eatery, Punch Bar and Tapas, to launch a service to feed health workers on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis. They have now set up a charity to ensure the meal supplies can be continued.

More than 500 family meal orders were placed within the first 48 hours with more than 1,000 orders since.

Ian is the former chairman of Sheffield Eagles rugby league club and director of Amco Drilling. He and Jill made the donation to support a much-loved restaurant and their community.

As well as assisting NHS staff, they hope it will allow the restaurant to survive these difficult times. With the owners Wayne Rodding and Richard Dunn locally-sourcing their menu ingredients, Yorkshire-based food suppliers are also likely to benefit from the project including Atkinsons Butchers in Holmfirth; Roger’s Bakery in Marsden; CJ Fresh Foods in Honley; Birkby Cheese Company and Wilson Fruit and Veg, both in Huddersfield.

The fundraiser currently stands at £5,860. A donation of £10 provides one meal a week for an NHS family; £100 provides a family meal a week for the next ten weeks.

Do your bit at gofundme.com/f/9yrd84-nhs-menu-punch-bar-amp-tapas.

The restaurant is also ensuring that no food goes to waste by providing Honley Volunteers group and the NLCC Foodbank in Thongsbridge with any excess meals to distribute amongst vulnerable people in the local community.

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Yorkshire-born footwear brand Moda in Pelle has donated 600 pairs of trainers worth £45,000 to the hard-working NHS heroes at Leeds St James’s University Hospital and the Leeds General Infirmary. Moda in Pelle was established in Leeds in 1975, when it opened its first store on Leeds’ Bond Street. For decades, the brand has supported the local community, including NHS Leeds and the amazing work of its medical staff.

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The Shores Centre in Withernsea, received a vital transport donation that will enable it to reach vulnerable people during the country’s coronavirus lockdown.

Yorkshire Coast BID has donated ten bicycles and a trailer to ensure volunteers can get essential food and supplies to people in the community’s most deprived areas.

Shores, which offers free training and family activities, has turned its on-site cafe into a food bank community kitchen.

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Leeds based Search Laboratory has continued its support of local charity Leeds Cares by donating care packages for NHS staff working across sites in Leeds. More than £1,000 worth of care packages have been donated to support doctors, nurses and other NHS staff, including those working at Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds Children’s Hospital, Leeds Cancer Centre and St James’ University Hospital.

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The University of York has donated medical supplies to the NHS effort, including surgical masks, waste disposal bags, cable ties, clinical waste disposal bags, sharp disposal boxes, disposable gloves and sterile needles from different research and development departments.

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Bradford artist David Starley is sharing his talents and techniques by providing clips of painting demonstrations to help people missing out on his real time workshops.

Oil painting expert David can offer ‘art clubs’ at home and is happy for images of the resulting paintings to be sent back to him for feedback.

The first clip can be found at: youtube.com/watch?v=3OfmDnaN5HY (or search YouTube David Starley)

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We need sweet sounds more than ever so the team at the National Park Authority in the Dales are bringing the outdoors inside with a piece of ‘slow radio’ featuring the calls of the curlew and a striking encounter with a kestrel, recorded during an officer’s one-hour exercise walks. It’s recommended to listen with headphones and eyes closed. And relax.

Listen at yorkshiredales.org.uk/hear-the-curlew-calling

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Wensleydale charity, The Jonas Trust, based in Redmire, has offered log cabin accommodation to the homeless in collaboration with Richmondshire District Council.

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Scarborough Community Kitchen, is a collaboration of local chefs newly formed to respond to the coronavirus crisis, who are providing pre-cooked meals and home-boxes of ingredients for Age UK. They are part of a coastal initiative of the region’s food producers and tourism businesses thelping their local communities during the crisis. u

See more at discoveryorkshirecoast.com/coronavirus-homedelivery.aspx

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