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Free hot drinks are
being offered to NHS workers in Dorset by a 110-year-old family bakery.
Oxford’s Bakery, which
is based in Alweston but has stores in Sherborne, Bournemouth and Sturminster
Newton, is giving free tea and coffee to all NHS workers “no matter what
department you work in”, owner Steve Oxford said.
He added it was
“our way of saying thanks”.
Its shops remain open
but the cafe areas have closed.
The firm is now focusing on delivery boxes of “essential items” – including bread, milk and cheese – to vulnerable people living in the towns and villages but is looking for “local heroes” to volunteer to help deliver the goods.
It has also opened a “drive-through” bakery, with hatch service, at its base in Alweston.
“We just want to help as many people as we possibly can,” Mr Oxford, who is homeschooling two children at the same time as baking, said.
Everyone who shows coronavirus symptoms – a fever of above 37.8C, a persistent cough or breathing problem – and everyone who lives with them should self isolate.
Here’s a chart to explain and there’s more information here.
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Children around England have been getting fit with fitness coach Joe Wicks.
He taught a PE lesson online for children at home after schools were closed last week in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19.
The video streamed on YouTube has been viewed more than two million times.
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A group of neighbours celebrated an exam success “together but apart” by bringing chairs out on the street.
The friends, who live in Chequers Lane, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire, wanted to celebrate Helen Wood passing her prescribing nurse exam.
They could not get together in their usual way due to social distancing advice, so sat in their front gardens.
One of them, Elke Hegarty, said: “We weren’t going to let that blinking old virus stop us.”
A company that manages parking spaces online has offered NHS staff free spots across the country.
YourParkingSpace said there were 943 car parks available to
book free of charge,
with many located near health facilities.
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Harrison Woods, the company’s CEO, said: “With reduced public
transport in many places and increased movement of health workers, we’re
pleased to be working alongside supermarkets, shopping centres and hotels to
assist key workers in this small way.”
Singer and actress Beverley Knight has thanked the NHS for all their hard work especially New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton for looking after her mum recently.
BBC WM listener Chris Phillips from Wolverhampton sent in this picture of his seven-year-old son Ruben playing his grandad at chess over a video call.
Ruben’s grandad has Parkinson’s Disease and is self-isolating.
I went to bed feeling rubbish
on Saturday 14 March. I’ve not gone beyond my garden
A few days after I started to feel unwell, my husband
started coughing. He’s got a fever, aches and pains and shortness of breath. We timed the start of our 14-day isolation from
then, just to be on the safe side.
I can’t pretend it’s been the
easiest time. Trying to look after him – at a distance – as well as
keeping our two children fed and entertained, in addition to working from home.
But every day, friends and
neighbours have dropped off treats and supplies. One got up at 06:00 GMT and went to two supermarkets to make sure we had enough food.
A little girl who lives on our road
delivered a pile of her old toys for my children. There’s even been a very
welcome chilled bottle of wine on the doorstep. It’s all very humbling and it
means the world to us.
neighbours and family have made this so much easier. When
we come out, we’ll be ready to re-pay the favour if they need it.
A paper girl posted a note with a chocolate bar through the letterbox of a self-isolating widow.
Sophie, 14, from Darlington, saw a sign on the 84-year-old’s door saying she could not see anyone.
Although they had never met, Sophie popped a Dairy Milk and a note saying “hope you are ok” through her door.
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People who are fit and healthy must keep donating blood during the coronavirus outbreak, the NHS Blood and Transplant service says.
“We’ve put extra safety measures in place and safety is always our number one priority,” a spokesperson said.
“We’re now doing extra cleaning and this week we’ve started triaging everyone who arrives so only people with no risk factors can enter the donation area.”
Donation centres are still open and sessions are still going ahead.
“Blood donation is a reason to do something amazing. Blood donation saves lives. We thank all our donors doing something good today,” the spokesperson added.
People who are showing particular symptoms are being told to self-isolate in order to stop the coronavirus from spreading further.
In the UK, if you have a fever or a persistent cough, you should stay at home for seven days.
The people you live with should stay at home for 14 days, and have food and medicine delivered.
But how do you know if you’re just ill, feeling a bit ropey or if you have the symptoms of coronavirus?
What do the symptoms of coronavirus feel like?
BBC News’ Health and Science Reporter, Laura Foster, takes a look.
If you live in the Cornish villiage of Wendron and you listen really carefully, you might be able to hear Miriam Wearne’s accordion.
To cheer up her neighbours, she dressed up in a Cornish Maid’s outfit and started playing and singing an old hymn called Jesus Bids Us Shine.
It was filmed by her daughter and fellow musician, saxophonist Sarah Wearne McDonagh, who posted it on Facebook with the simple title “Meanwhile in Cornwall…”
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Teams at Telford & Wrekin Council have been working to get free packed lunches out to children at home.
A woman has filled an old fridge freezer with books, DVDs and games to keep children occupied during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Jeni Atkinson has set up the “activity fridge” outside her home in Beeston, Nottinghamshire, which also contains books for adults.
“I had seen posts on social media about people putting box libraries outside their houses and it gave me the idea of extending this to other things like the games, activities and DVDs,” she said.
“So, I cleaned up the old fridge freezer from my garage and filled it up.”
Care home residents have found their own ways of contacting their friends and families on Mother’s Day.
A four-year-old girl has received notes of thanks after helping to hand out flowers around a Coventry neighbourhood.
Paula Merrett, from All Seasons Floral Supplies, said granddaughter Ella had helped drop the surplus stock, with a note, on doorsteps in the Allesley Park area.
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“She dropped the flowers and then stepped back before wishing them well,” she said.
“She’s received some cards of thank you from people in the neighbourhood, she’s feeling very proud of herself.”
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A hotel in the Isles of Scilly will be turning its porch into an honesty box for those struggling to buy essential goods amid the coronavirus outbreak.
St Mary’s Hall has said in a Facebook post it will start running the service on Wednesday between 9:00 and 15:00.
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Hotel manager Roger Page told the BBC: “We are completely closed at the moment as are all other hotels on the island.”
Only one person at a time will be allowed in the porch to respect the government’s social distancing guidelines.
With no actual football on, some clubs have selected players to represent them in an online tournament.
But not everyone can win…
Oldham Athletic defender Tom Hamer unfortunately lost his game 6-1 and was forced to upload a video apology to the club’s fans.
Yesterday in the village of Chew Stoke near Bristol, people got together to create bunches of flowers for others to collect from St Andrew’s Church on Mothering Sunday.
Villagers also delivered these little bouquets to older residents or those with underlying health issues that meant they were self-isolating.
Among them was 11-year-old Poppy.
Those helping were told to wash their hands after touching the flowers and also to wipe them down for recipients.
A nurse has taken to social media to thank staff at her local branch of Asda, who were handing out free flowers to NHS workers “as a thank you”.
Becci Sian, a psychiatric nurse, who shops at the branch in Arnold, near Nottingham, said it was “lovely to have some good community spirit being shown at this difficult time”.
The supermarket chain is one of several to have dedicated shopping hours for NHS staff and vulnerable groups, such as older people.
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