Coronavirus Live Blog: Monday April 20

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Coronavirus Live Blog: Monday April 20

Published at 6:17pm 17th April 2020. (Updated at 6:36pm 20th April 2020)

Monday's live updates, local stories and light relief as Cornwall battles Coronavirus.

If you have something we should be featuring, tweet us @piratefm or e-mail

Live updates below.


Callestick Farm now have an online shop!


Cornwall Cloth Masks make masks for those on the front line

If you're in need of some protective masks, or can volunteer you help, find all the details on their website.

Cornwall Cloth Masks



Update from Chancellor Rishi Sunak


'The guidance remains the same'


Bond Timber offer help


People are getting involved in the 2.6 challenge

If you'd like to find out the details and get involved, find them here!


10-year-old takes on Lands End to John O'Groats


10-year-old Mia Richardson from Camborne has set herself a huge challenge - running the distance of Lands End to John O'Groats on a cross trainer.

What started out as a fun way of passing time and keep fit during lockdown, has now turned into a way of raising money to help the residents at Blackwood Care Home purchase a magic table. The care home is one of many owned by Cornwall care, and, is also the workplace of Mia's mum.

Having already started counting down the 837 miles, Mia is having a great time running through counties in virtual miles.

CEO of Cornwall Care, Anne Thomas told Pirate FM ‘What Mia is doing is absolutely wonderful and just goes to show that even in lockdown, everyone can help in some way during this crisis. Some of our other homes have got magic tables and they are a brilliant way of providing endless hours of entertainment for people with dementia, using 360-degree projection. Mia's amazing effort will make a real difference and I can’t thank her enough’.



10-year-old Harley Gaulton from St Blazey, came up with a creative idea to spread joy during lockdown.


'Rainbow your street' was set up to encourage residents to show off their artistic skills, as well as have some fun, by decorating their houses and streets in the colours of the rainbow.

This initiative was soon taken up by people far and wide. People have been painting rainbows on houses, making rainbow ornaments for their windows, painting message rocks and even creating their own rainbow path.

'This was all his idea and he wanted to be involved in showing appreciation for all key workers and wants to get as many streets in Cornwall to get involved'

Harley's mum, Jo

There are now nearly 400 members on Harley's page, and people are having lots of fun sharing what they have made or seen. 



32: Make a face mask with Cornish Claire!

Who doesn't love a good pamper?


Trotting for the NHS

Trotting for the NHS

Inspired by Captain Tom Moore completing 100 laps in his back garden to raise money for the NHS, three girls, Chloe, 12, Amy, 11, and Ellie, 4, decided to create their own challenge. 

The three of them today have challenged themselves to circle the sand school 100 times, walking, trotting and cantering.

If you would like to donate, to help them raise as much as they can for the NHS, you can do so on their Go Fund Me, here. 


A little something to make you smile from the team at Sir Robert Geffery's Pre School!


Fancy a challenge?


Bakery drivers thank key workers with food

Ambulance gift

Prima drivers wanted to thank the local Ambulance Station (Close Hill, Redruth) for all the great work they do so they had a collection and paid for some hot pasties and cake to be delivered to them.

Good work Team Prima!


The women putting their bins out in ballgowns


Women across the globe are getting dressed up in their best frocks, make-up and hair do's to put their weekly rubbish out
Angie Emrys-Jones from Threemilestone set up the Facebook page ‘Put your bins out in your Ballgown’ to brighten up people’s day and make others smile.

In less than a week it gained nearly 3,000 members from Cornwall to Australia and now has 14,000 users.



South West Ambulance Service show off their PPE

Don't be alarmed if they turn up in full PPE, it doesn't mean they think you have coronavirus. It means they're able to protect both themselves and you.


Pet care and supplies in Cornwall during lockdown


All veterinary practices have had to reduce face-to-face contact on government advice.

This means switching to providing emergency care only (in person); fulfilment of urgent prescriptions; and maintaining the food supply chain.

But what does this mean for you?

Your pets are a big part of your life, and can offer great comfort in the current climate, exercising taking the dog for a walk, having company if alone or self-isolating, or simply just having them as valued member of the family.

Here’s the latest updates from a select number veterinary practices if you need help or advice if they become ill or have an injury.



Kernow Chocolate announce this weeks competition theme

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Design a wrapper project - week 5 This week's theme will be.... 'FAIRY TALES' Note: please try to use your chosen flavour to make it a wrapper design and not just a drawing. This is a chocolate wrapper design project, after all 😁🍫 See below (copied from original post) Here's how it works.. 1) We will choose a theme each week to base the wrapper design on. 2) Head over to our website and pick one of our flavours to use for your chocolate bar. 3) Draw a box at 15cm x 7cm for your design. This will be the front of the wrapper. 4) Complete your design, scan/photograph and email to Please include child's name, age and location in email. 5) We will select a winner each week and the winner will receive a £10 gift code for our website. The weekly winner will make it through to the final round. 6) The final winner will be chosen from all winning entries after 6 weeks, with the winner having their design printed and made into chocolate bars using their chosen flavour. We will send a box of 12 bars to the winner. UK entries only. Two age categories (11 & under + 12-16). Entries by Friday 5pm. Weekly winners will be announced on following Monday along with a new theme for that week. Please share and good luck! . #kernow #chocolate #cornwall #cocoa #cacao #art #design #project #kidsproject #creative #fun #packagingdesign #lockdownactivity

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New NHS staff wellbeing helpline


Baby arrives as dad is called out on rescue mission

St agnes rnli baby

A baby has been born just as his dad was called out to a rescue mission in Cornwall.

It seems the little one is keen to follow in dad Ed Schwarz's footsteps, as his wife went into labour just two minutes after his RNLI pager went off.

Ed had just gone out the door to help respond to two kayakers who were drifting out to sea.

Luckily he was able to get home from the call out in plenty of time to be with Lucy for the birth of their son.

St Agnes RNLI says he is the youngest recruit to have ever responded to a pager.



Meanwhile in Boscastle...


Aaaaaand breathe


Nurse sends face masks to carers


The clear message from No 10


Johnny didn't get a call for the One World Together concert

So he ended up doing this instead.

And we thought one Johnny was enough....


Are you up for The 2.6 Challenge?

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A new national campaign has been created to raise vital funds to help to save the UK’s charities.

iSight Cornwall said: "Like all charities, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on our fundraising income. So if you or your family or friends would like to take part on behalf of iSightCornwall, we’d love to hear from you."

The 2.6 Challenge will launch on Sunday 26 April – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon.

To take part just think of a challenge involving the numbers 2.6 or 26, for example, you could walk 26 laps of your garden, bake 26 cupcakes, listen to 26 podcasts – the options are endless! Just make sure you stick to government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.

More more information click here to visit iSight Cornwall


You know it's a strange time when Danny Dyer is called upon to teach

The Eastenders actor and always amusing cockney is part of the BBC's new homeschooling section online.


Back to homeschooling? Here's fireworks in a glass


"We know how to live in Cornwall, you know" - Fern shares her plans

Saturday night with wine, bacon and more wine. We love Fern. 😂


More help for fishing industry in Cornwall

fishing boats

More help is being given to fishermen in Cornwall thanks to a £10m government cash pot.

It is to help protect those affected by the coronavirus crisis, and will offer over 1,000 fishing businesses across the country direct grants.

The fisheries support scheme has been announced  by Environment Secretary George Eustice, who is also the MP for Camborne and Redruth, and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay.




Lucy and our listeners in Saturday night lockdown

With us all isolating at home, it can be difficult to be on your own, so our Lucy from the breakfast show sat down with a glass of bubbly at the weekend to have a bit of a catchup.

The Facebook Live session was seen by over 20,000 people and almost 400 comments so we might just do it again.

Let us know at if you'd like Lucy to return.


Can you relate to this technological trouble?


Minute's silence to be held for key workers who have died from COVID-19

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A minute's silence is to be held for key workers who have died after testing positive for COVID-19.

Unison, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives are calling on politicians, employers, workers and those on lockdown to join the silence at 11am on 28 April.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: "This is the ultimate tribute to remember workers who've lost their lives and put themselves in harm's way to keep us safe and vital services running.




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