Shout outs to good people doing great things in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 00:00 25 May 2020

Love is all Around by Lucy Pittaway

Love is all Around by Lucy Pittaway


Lockdown has brought out the best in Yorkshire’s communities and businesses.

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Art with heart

Grassington sculptor and ceramicist Mark and Emmeline Butler have been spreading a little cheer with a wonderful design on the side of their home. The pair, who would usually put a display up for Grassington Festival and North Yorkshire Open Studios, have instead created the happy display as a thank you to NHS and key workers.

‘The Open Studios has been revamped into an online event and has asked artists to create videos of their studios and practices. This should make for really interesting viewing and will be a lifeline for many artists.’

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Wind changes direction

When Yorkshire Wind Orchestra had to cancel their 25th anniversary concert due to the pandemic, they instead decided to make a lockdown recording of Happy Birthday. Musical director, Keiron Anderson, wrote a new version of the tune and the 39 members of the orchestra recorded their individual parts on mobile phone to be combined into the final video. But there was a snag – the orchestra’s timpani were locked away in the rehearsal venue in Wakefield. However, an orchestra member spotted Mark Wagstaff, percussionist with Opera North, agreed to record the timpani part.

‘I wanted to write a special piece of music for the 25th anniversary concert and wrote The Price of Feeling which is finished and published,’ says Keiron. ‘Sadly, our concert has been postponed and it seemed like a good idea to arrange Happy Birthday in a lively and energetic way. It’s just the right length for hand washing and hopefully it’ll bring people together. Every day is someone’s birthday so enjoy it and support our charity.’

The group is using the recording to raise a target of £625 for Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charity. See the video and donate at Musical groups who would like a pdf copy of the arrangement in exchange for a donation to the charity should contact


Spreading love

Multi award-winning artist Lucy Pittaway has launched this colourful Love is All Around limited-edition print to pay tribute to heroic NHS and key workers around the country. She has created 250 limited edition pieces using soft pastel blended with her fingers and knuckles, with 25 percent of sales donated to NHS Charities Together.

‘We’ll never forget the hard work the NHS has done during these unprecedented times,’ says Lucy, born in the north east and now living in Yorkshire. ‘We’ll always remember the scenes of people clapping on Thursday nights. We’ll forever be grateful to all those people who have risked their lives for others while we stayed home.

‘This painting is about love, thanks and appreciation for our National Health Service. Blue hearts floating from homes of all shapes and sizes all across our land.’

Order at or call 01748 810965. Lucy is also offering 25 per cent off all sales over £25 for a time while her galleries are closed


Charging ahead

Rhinos player, Liam Sutcliffe, is helping the Leeds Rhino Foundation to deliver meals to vulnerable people around Leeds. Sutcliffe and many other volunteers have been collecting hot meals from Mecca Club across the city and delivering them to local charities, including St George’s Crypt, the Salvation Army and Hyde Park Source.

Mecca is continuing to help the most vulnerable during these times and its latest work follows on from staff at Mecca Bingo Leeds Mayfair working tirelessly to provide hundreds of meals every week to those in the community who need them most.


A fresh take

Yorkshire speciality food supplier, Delifresh, are donating all their delivery charges to UK charity, Transforming Lives For Good, who work with some of the most vulnerable children in the UK. The business went from supplying top chefs and restaurants in the region to providing a fully stocked online grocery store for the Yorkshire public.

Delifresh’s Robert Ramsden says: ‘We’ve decided to donate all the delivery charges we have collected so far from the new website to TLG, who work so hard to support children and families who need it the most. The fund so far has raised more than £10K, which will go towards TLG’s aim of reaching over 10,000 children and their families in need for the duration of the coronavirus isolation period.’


Hall about the farm

Need your fix of the great outdoors with the bonus of seeing some cute animals? Robert Nicholson, farmer at Cannon Hall Farm in Doncaster, if your person. Every morning he does a Facebook Live about life on the farm. You can spot lambs and calves – lucky viewers even saw some being born – as well as their beautiful shire horses and alpacas and the chance join him on a fam safari in his jeep.


Beers to them

Wetherby’s Beer Hawk has launched a Save the Pubs initiative, along with Hospitality Action to support the struggling hospitality industry across the UK. The company, who also have bars in Leeds and London, are donating £1 from every order placed to support hospitality workers who are struggling to make ends meet because of the crisis.


Vital PPE flies in

Doncaster Sheffield Airport is one of many aviation organisations pivoting its core business in response to the coronavirus, delivering essential supplies like perishables, medical supplies and providing a rapid response to deliver critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the NHS frontline. More than 22 tonnes of PPE – over 5 million pieces – with 300 tonnes of PPE scheduled to come through Doncaster Sheffield Airport. They also have more than 500 tonnes of perishables coming through every week on the way to supermarket shelves.


Powering through

Northern Powergrid, the electricity distribution network powering homes, hospitals and supermarkets across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire during the pandemic, has donated more than 1,480 hours of volunteer time to support charities and organisations across the region.

The electricity network operator made available more than 70 of its apprentices and graduate trainees to support a range of charities including Age UK Bradford, Selby, North and South Tyneside, Barnsley Council Safer Stronger Communities, the Deaf Blind Society, FareShare UK and Hull 4 Heroes.

James Higgins, a craft apprentice based in Keighley, has been helping out at Cora’s View Farm in Hainworth. James has been supporting the day-to-day running of the farm by bottle feeding lambs, feeding livestock, repairing dry stone walls and fencing and operating farm machinery.


Saved the date

When lockdown was announced the night before Lorien Devonport and Anthony Martlew’s wedding, they thought all was lost.

But staff at The Coniston Hotel, in Coniston Cold, came to the rescue of the Grassington couple. While it wasn’t the 100-strong guest list wedding they had planned, they were able to say ‘I do’ in front of 12 family members.

‘It wasn’t the day we planned for, but it was our dream wedding,’ says Lorien and Anthony. ‘We cannot thank The Coniston enough for making it happen.

‘The room was beautifully decorated; our ceremony was just as we had planned it and they brought us all some fizz to celebrate. We cannot believe we were one of the last couples to get married, we feel incredibly lucky.’


Fire friends

It was a happy scene in Slaithwaite as members of the local fire crew visited Aldi in the village to applaud them for all their hard work in keeping everyone supplied.


Distilling help

Clap hands for staff at Cooper King Distillery who, during the first five weeks of lockdown, manufactured and supplied almost 60 frontline organisations with free hand sanitiser.

Founders Abbie Neilson, a former scientist and Chris Jaume, a chartered architect, researched, developed and produced the first batch within a five-day turnaround and were the first distillery in the county to announce production of hand sanitiser. It is being sold to businesses and the public and profits are being used to supply it free to the NHS, care homes and schools across the country. 


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