Coronavirus Live Blog: Wednesday April 22

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Coronavirus Live Blog: Wednesday April 22

Published at 12:15am 22nd April 2020. (Updated at 7:02pm 22nd April 2020)

Wednesday'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.


Get Cornish Crab to your door


Royal Navy personnel in Plymouth are 3D printing face shields


Love to NHS admin teams on World Admin Day!

Yes, that's a real day!


Free tea and coffee to RCH staff!


Loch Lomand farmers create a tribute for the NHS - out of sheep!


BA Female Pilots come together to raise money

Inspired by the Don't Rush Challenge, they've made a video to thank the NHS and key workers. They're hoping the video will help raise funds for the 'Big Night In' - if you'd like to donate, you can do so here.


Cormac says thank you



Rain in a Glass

blackboard title rain

Here's what you’ll need:

  • A tall glass, Jar or clear jug/vase (you can try it with a few different sizes)
  • Food colouring (Blue for the rain, though it looks great with any colour)
  • Shaving cream
  • Water
  • An eye dropper, syringe or a teaspoon



Pels Cafe, St Ives, are batch making food for those in need in their community

They're doing a fantastic job providing delicious, hearty food for those currently in need. They also have a fundraiser, so you can support the fantastic job they're doing - find it here.


34: How to grow your own rainbow!

Rainbows are everywhere at the moment, so fancy growing your own?? (The face paint isn't compulsory!)


'Wobble room' for care staff at Truro Maternity ward


Freddie's fundraiser for hospice

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This is Freddie. He's just 9 years old and has a complex neurodevelopment syndrome.

He takes 11 doses of medicine a day and is unable to talk or walk.

But despite this, Freddie will be taking on the 2.6 challenge by doing 26 laps of our garden in his walking frame to raise money for Children's Hospice South West.

"He has a long, ever growing list of health conditions including severe reflux, sleep apnea, scoliosis, feeding difficulties which requires a feeding tube in his tummy, constipation and heart defects. We could list a lot of problems," said mum Hayley.

"Freddie absolutely loves being on his feet! He loves the freedom it brings him and it's also really good for his body to be in the upright position and using his muscles. His face always lights up when he sees his walking frame!

"Freddie is going to take the challenge at his own pace. He's been unwell with his tummy for the past week so we are hoping being upright in his walking frame will be good for his tummy and it will help us to keep up with his daily physiotherapy.

"All money raised will be going to the Children's Hospice South West. This is a charity very close to our hearts. Freddie has been visiting Little Harbour Children's Hospice for a few years now. He absolutely loves going there, he always has the best time. They also support us all as a family as we go through this journey with Freddie and are particularly important with the sibling support they provide for Freddie's siblings.

"Any donations will be so appreciated. The hospice relies almost entirely on voluntary contributions and right now when the UK is going through such an awful pandemic so many fundraisers have been cancelled or postponed. It is vital that they still maintain the levels of fundraising income to ensure that they can continue to be there for children and families, both now and into the future."

You can donate here


Rainbows for fire station please


How to send a birthday card to Captain Tom Moore


Captain Tom Moore became a national hero by raising over £27m for the NHS by completing laps of his garden.

The Second World War veteran was born on April 30, 1920, and now you can send him a birthday card to mark his centenary.

The Post Office has made it easy, too, issuing clear guidance on how to do it.



7 Top tips for pruning your plants


Looking after plants can be difficult, one minute they look fine, the next they've either become a mass of sticks and yellow leaves, or have grown wildly out of control.

It's often a bit of a juggling act trying to get your plants just as you want them. Sometimes they just need a trim.

In April it’s all about gentle pruning to tidy up and get rid of older stems around the garden. Pruning is an easy job but if you get too carried away hacking at whole plants, you might end up losing colour and flowers later in the season. 

CLICK HERE for our seven top pruning tips!


Foods delivery slots for Falmouth and surrounding areas

Scorse Foods has "a good number" of direct (no-contact) delivery slots available for the Constantine, Mabe, Stithians, Penryn and Falmouth areas this Friday, 24th April.

Call on 01326-562611 to reserve yours.


Over £200m dished out to help Cornish businesses


Over 200 million pounds has been dished out to small businesses in Cornwall, to help support them through the coronavirus pandemic.

The government has distributed more than £12billion to local authorities in England as part of Small Business Grants Scheme.

The funding is provided to local authorities, who are then able to offer grants of up to £10,000 to small businesses, and up to £25,000 for eligible leisure, retail and hospitality businesses.

More than 65,000 business properties in the South West have already received grants.

In Cornwall, £281m has been allocated to help struggling businesses, with over 23,000 businesses identified as needing help.



Emotional scenes as senior doctor plays violin for COVID nurse

The frontline staff member had a touch and go 4 week battle with COVID-19.

But when she was discharged from the London hospital, this happened:


Johnny gets pranked - by his FAMILY

Eggscellent work Team Cowling.


Business tips from Chamber of Commerce


Cornwall Chamber of Commerce has said it's thrilled that the Job Retention Scheme has been extended for a month until the end of June to allow more businesses to access the critical funding.

The British Chambers of Commerce previously wrote to the Chancellor requesting this urgent extension so this is an important policy win for the Chamber Network.

Cornwall Chamber would like to remind everyone that to receive payment by the 30th April you must complete the application by the 22nd April 2020.

Kim Conchie CEO’s tips for businesses are:

  • Be prepared in advance with the required information available on,
  • Ise the HMRC step by step guide, complete the application in one session – there are ‘do overs’,
  • Take a screenshot of the confirmation page as there will be no email confirmation.

More information on how to claim can be found at

“The CJRS or furlough scheme is going to be in place and a potential saviour for your business for some weeks to come. For HMRC to pay your business’s April wages before you have to pay staff, act today and make sure you diary the claim date for next month and for June. This is a massive scheme for the Government to get going from scratch. Let’s help them to make it work for all of us."

Kim Conchie


Kieron raises £3,000 for local hospitals

Well done Kieron!

You can find out more here at the Walking for RCHT Facebook page


The first human trials for a coronavirus vaccine begin tomorrow


 Cornish Claire's Coronavirus Video Diary - episode 33     

Anyone fancy a game of Mathsopoly?

It's like the board game you're all familiar with, but mathsier! Here's how you play...



'Disgusting' flytipping soars during lockdown

Fly tipping

Flytipping has soared since the start of the coronavirus lockdown, according to an app created to combat the illegal dumping of rubbish.

Millionaire businessman Martin Montague says his ClearWaste app is being bombarded daily with hundreds of photographs from across the UK.

He said: "In the first week of the lockdown we saw a rise of 54% nationwide compared with the figure for the previous week. By Easter flytipping reported to us was up 75%.

"It's a horrible, disgusting practice because it puts people's lives in danger. Not only have we seen lanes and roads blocked to emergency vehicles, but it also poses a risk to the council staff or farmers who have to clear it up.

"I understand why it is happening - people are at home with more time on their hands and they are doing more, building work, replacing fences, alterations, gardening and so on. And the sun's out."



New helpline for teachers worried about vulnerable children in Cornwall

child sad

A new helpline has launched for teachers in Cornwall who may be worried about the welfare of a vulnerable child amid the Covid-19 crisis.

It is feared that some youngsters may have experienced domestic abuse during the coronavirus lockdown.

Funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Alison Hernandez, the helpline is run by the Operation Encompass charity, and will provide specialist support to teachers who are working at the many schools that are open whilst other settings are shut.



This is how you can get shell fish to your door


Cornwall Hospice Care are launching 'Your marathon, your pace'


Whether you should've been running a marathon this year, or your trainers have been gathering dust, Cornwall Hospice Care has something new for you.

The hospice is still delivering support and care to those dealing with a terminal illness.

But due to the closure of over 30 retail shops and the cancellation of many fundraising events, the charity is now searching for other ways to raise donations.

This includes their new campaign called 'Your marathon, your pace', which challenges people to complete either a half marathon, or a full marathon, at their own speed. 

You'll have four weeks to complete your chosen distance, whether that be walking, running or a mixture of the two.

The challenge launches on the 26th of April - the originally scheduled date of the London Marathon.



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