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This is a special edition of Residents’ News. From Harrogate Borough Council.

We’re sending this to mark the most significant change to date in the lockdown rules.

From today (12 April) non-essential retailers and a host of other businesses are permitted to open for the first time in several months.

We suspect you may be torn between heading to a beer garden for your first pub pint for many weeks or trying to arrange to have your hair cut.

In this special edition, you’ll also find out about:

The reopening of our pools and Brimhams fitness centres

How to book yourself a rejuvenating treatment at Turkish Baths Harrogate

Why you should have your say on changes to council services

Coronavirus: non-essential retail is open again

Today (12 April) is the date we’ve all had in our dairies for weeks.

From this morning, non-essential retailers, ‘personal care’ premises (hairdressers, barber shops, nail bars) many public buildings and leisure centres opened again.

Hospitality businesses are also allowed to serve customers in outdoor settings.  Food and drink must be ordered and consumed when you are seated.

You can now book and stay at self-contained accommodation, such as campsites and holiday lets, provided indoor facilities are not shared with other households.

However, despite the fact the lockdown restrictions have eased further today, Covid-19 hasn’t gone away.

Please continue – like you have been doing all along – to follow the rules to do your bit to minimise the spread of the virus in your local community and across the district.

Remember ‘hands, face and space’ and a new message about fresh air.  Even indoors, you should consider how to keep fresh air circulating.

Please wear a face covering where you are required to and maintain social distancing even when you are outdoors.

Don’t forget that meeting people you do not live with inside your house is still not allowed.

Our gyms and two of our pools are open again

Swimmers in pool

We welcomed back our first customers at the Hydro in Harrogate and at Ripon and Nidderdale leisure centres this morning.

You can now enjoy lane swimming and family fun sessions in our pools at the Hydro and at Nidderdale leisure centre.

 

Our Brimhams fitness centres at the Hydro and at Ripon and Nidderdale leisure centres are now open again to existing members.

All swim and gym sessions must be pre-booked in advance.

Please note that you must wear a face covering in all communal areas of our buildings.

We are putting plans in place to open our three other pools in the coming weeks and months.  We are working on the basis that Ripon Spa Baths will be next to open.

We are waiting for the government to publish guidance on future social distancing rules which will dictate how quickly we can reopen Starbeck baths.

Regrettably, the filtration equipment at Knaresborough pool is still broken.

We had been waiting for the arrival from Spain of specialist contractors to carry out repairs.

However, with a third wave of the coronavirus currently gripping many countries in Europe, including Spain, it is highly unlikely the engineers will be given permission to travel any time soon.

We have consulted pool specialists in the UK and are working up plans to completely replace the faulty equipment at Knaresborough.

This is likely to be a more costly solution, but we are keen to ensure our residents in the east of the district have easy access to a pool as soon as possible.

We will keep you posted on progress in future editions of Residents’ News.

Could you be a new Brimhams team member?

Two women exercising in a gym

As we continue with our phased reopening of our gyms and pools, we’re recruiting new team members.

Right now, we need lifeguards to help ensure swimmers enjoy their time in the water safely.

We’ll soon be advertising openings for fitness staff and other roles.

Please take a look at the jobs page on our website for the latest opportunities.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Turkish Baths Harrogate is ready to welcome you back

Customer being given a treatment at Turkish Baths Harrogate

After months of lockdown, we’re sure you definitely deserve a pampering with one of the many treatments available at the Turkish Baths.

To secure your personal relaxation and rejuvenation session, all you need to do is make an online booking via the Turkish Baths website.

You can also call our friendly reservations team on 01423 55676.  Please mention that you saw this story in Residents’ News.

Although we are now able to offer treatments once more, the Turkish Baths remain closed until further notice.

Knaresborough and Ripon markets

Ripon market trader

During lockdown, the markets in Knaresborough and Ripon were restricted to the sale of essential goods only.

From Wednesday this week in Knaresborough and Thursday in Ripon, we will welcome back all of our fantastic traders.

As well as locally sourced goods and quality products, our traders are experts in their own rights and will be delighted to offer any advice you need.

We look forward to welcoming you back too.

Customer services open for pre-booked appointments

Civic centre, Harrogate

Now that public buildings are permitted to open again, we’re able to offer a limited face-to-face service at civic centre in Harrogate if you need to see us in person.

However, to ensure we follow social distancing rules and regulate the number of people in the building at once, you’ll need to make an appointment to come in.

Please give us a call on 01423 500600 to make the arrangements.

Your local council services are changing

Public survey

If you’re not a first-time reader of Residents’ News, you may recall from previous editions how we told you about the reorganisation of local government in North Yorkshire.

The government is consulting on changes to the way local services are provided.

Instead of responsibility being split between two, separate, councils the government has suggested two unitary authorities to each run all services in their respective areas.

Six of the seven district and borough councils – including us – have proposed an east and west model with the county split roughly either side of the A1(M).

The west side would be formed of the current Craven, Richmondshire and Hambleton districts and the borough of Harrogate.

The east side would be formed of the current city of York area, the districts of Selby and Ryedale and the borough of Scarborough.

You’ll find the business case for the east/west model on this special website.

North Yorkshire County Council is suggesting one unitary council would cover the entire county with a second, smaller unitary to run the city of York as is the case now.

The government consultation is your chance to shape the way local council services are organised and provided in your community.

That’s why we encourage you to take part and add your views.

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HARROGATE CORPORATE LAWYERS MAKE A MIGHTY EFFORT TO RAISE FUNDS FOR MACMILLAN

Corporate lawyers and support staff from Harrogate-based LCF Law have raised over £800 for cancer charity, Macmillan by taking part in the Mighty Miles challenge.

Twelve members of the corporate and employment team challenged themselves to keep active whilst fundraising for Macmillan. The team set themselves a target of raising £500 by walking, running or cycling the distance from Leeds to Paris, which is 769km, over a four-week period.

Partner, Cathy Cook, from LCF Law’s corporate department, said: “We all understand how valuable the work of Macmillan is. The charity works tirelessly to ensure people with cancer get the support they need, and by joining the Mighty Miles challenge, we can do a small bit to help.

“We chose to complete the distance between Leeds and Paris because many of us are hoping to get away this year, so Paris felt like a nice aim. As well as the obvious benefit of raising money for Macmillan, it has also been a valuable team building exercise that has helped to motivate us to keep active outdoors during lockdown despite the weather!”

Its takes £31 to fund a nurse for one hour, £217 to run a small Macmillan cancer information and support centre for one day and £372 to run Macmillan’s online community forum for the day. Money donated to Macmillan helps the charity to create new services, adapt old ones and speak up on behalf of people living with cancer.

Cathy added: “It’s such an accessible fundraising initiative that is easy to set up and really inclusive. It also helps promote positive mental and physical health. Some of the team are keen runners and cyclists, and others were non-runners, who started and finished the couch to 5km challenge during the month. Several even completed their first ever 10km as part of the Mighty Miles challenge. Ohers enjoyed walking either on our own or with our four-legged friends. We are proud to have come together and achieved our goal and of course we are very grateful for the support our families, friends and colleagues have shown us

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The sun is shining, the drinks are flowing and you’re finally outside of those same four walls! Sound good? Well, that could be you this time next week. Sipping a glass of fizz with family, or enjoying a well deserved dinner and drinks with friends.

Our outdoor seating area opens on 12th April. Join us for a relaxed bite to eat, catch up with friends over a cocktail, or wind down with a beer after a week of zoom calls. Whatever the occasion, come rain or shine, we can’t wait to welcome you back.

So, let’s go Al Fresco!

Booking is recommended.

Call 01423 849 988 to book now!

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Library staff and volunteers around North Yorkshire are looking forward to welcoming customers back into branches following confirmation of the next step in the easing of lockdown.

Person in library

Most libraries in the county expect to reopen on or shortly after Monday, 12 April, to enable customers to browse and to choose their own books to borrow.

Safeguards will be in place. Customers will need to wear face coverings, hand sanitiser will be available, the Track and Trace system will operate and numbers will be limited.

Public computers will be bookable for limited timeslots and some study space will be bookable.

Services and opening hours will vary between libraries, so customers should check with their library or on the library service web pages, before visiting.

The Select and Collect service that has operated during lockdown will continue for those that want it. This enables customers to contact their library by email or phone to arrange to collect a selection of books.

County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “I know how much so many people value the experience of visiting their library and the social connection that comes with it, so I am delighted we are able to take this next step in reopening library buildings. I am sure that staff and volunteers in county council libraries and those managed across the county by community groups and volunteers are looking forward to welcoming back customers.

“Throughout the pandemic, the county’s library service has striven to provide as wide-ranging a service as possible for its customers. While buildings have been closed, staff and volunteers have hosted online story times, rhyme times, craft videos and virtual events.

“Alongside the Select and Collect service, we have provided book collections for home-schooling, activity packs for children and wellbeing goodie bags for our home library users. Many libraries also offered use of public computers, by appointment, to access essential services and employment opportunities.

“The service’s extensive online resources have proved very popular during this period, with many existing and new library members borrowing e-books and using the wide range of other e-resources.”

 

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North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information about an incident of criminal damage that occurred in Ripon.

Damage was caused to a CCTV camera at around 9pm on Sunday 21 February 2021 on Bondgate.

Police have issued a CCTV still of a person wearing a mask who they want to speak to in connection with the incident. If you recognise them from their clothing, or were in the area at the time, please contact officers.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for PC 1995 Sarah Hargreaves. You can also email sarah.hargreaves1995@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12210064248.

Contact details:

Sarah Hargreaves – #1995
sarah.hargreaves1995@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk | 101 – 1995

Incident reference:

12210064248

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion a Top Priority for Harrogate Town AFC

As the Club continues to expand in every direction, it is important that focus is given towards Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

The Community Foundation has worked closely with the Club to recruit two volunteer EDI Officers to help create, develop and implement a new EDI strategy. We would like to welcome Claire Streeter and Baljit Singh and wish them all the best in their new roles.

Claire Streeter, who will take the lead in developing our EDI Strategy and roll out has a wealth of knowledge within Community Football. Previously working at Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation as their Social Inclusion Manager. Her response to accepting the position of EDI Officer was one of positivity and optimism.

“I am delighted to be joining Harrogate Town AFC and really looking forward to developing their Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda. I am passionate about ensuring that everyone who engages with Harrogate Town AFC has a positive experience and that all areas of the club are inclusive to all. Over the coming months it will be great to engage with the local community, as well as supporters, to welcome any feedback and suggestions that will help us achieve our goal.”

Alongside Claire Streeter we have Baljit Singh, who will also be undertaking the Volunteer EDI role. Baljit has a corporate background and has been involved in developing EDI strategy within large organisations.

Baljit explains, “This is a great opportunity for me to follow my passion in Diversity and Inclusion and to make a real positive impact in this area. After 15 years in the corporate world, I feel my experience and skills can help shape the Clubs’ EDI agenda and create a huge opportunity for diverse groups to add value to the Club. My vision is to help create a football club that reflects the communities we serve and is inclusive across all touchpoints internally and externally. Exciting times ahead!”

Both Claire and Baljit will join the rest of the Club and Foundation in further understanding and implementing EDI Policies and Procedures.

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North Yorkshire organisations with innovative ideas to invest in their area are being urged to bid for the Community Renewal Fund.

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The County Council has been chosen by the Government as the lead authority and is inviting bids which will support local businesses, communities and support people into employment via a series of programmes.

“This new funding stream will enable organisations to pilot initiatives which will benefit their communities,” said County Councillor Andrew Lee, Executive Member for Business Growth and Economic Development.

“We are looking for innovative responses to local challenges, recognising the needs of residents in hard to reach parts of the county which can be delivered by the end of March 2022.

“As the lead authority, we are inviting project proposals from a range of applicants including district and county councils, businesses, voluntary and community sector organisations and local education providers.

“The past year has been incredibly challenging for communities, businesses, and their employees so this is a great opportunity for North Yorkshire to bounce back. I would encourage all interested organisations to make a submission.”

The programme areas are: town centres; community investment; smart places; tourism, heritage, and culture; business and employment; skills; green futures.

The deadline for applications is 13 May. The County Council will then produce a shortlist of projects for submission to the Government.

The Community Renewal Fund is being delivered as a pilot in preparation for the Shared Prosperity Fund which will replace funding that was allocated to the UK through its membership of the European Union.

For more information and to find out how to apply please visit www.northyorks.gov.uk/CommunityRenewalFund

The County Council will hold live webinars for interested bidders on 7 and 15 April. The times and joining instructions can be found on the website.

The Community Renewal Fund Prospectus 2021/22 is available on the Government’s website.

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We are very excited as the date of 12 April creeps ever nearer and all of our non-essential shops can re-open, together with outdoor/takeway service from Lilly’s Cafe & Bean and Bud.

In preparation it’s all going on in Commercial Street – we’ve a new product launch, new food to whet your appetite, Kurdish Style Barbers and Rafi’s Spicebox have both moved higher up the street (no 4a & 10 respectively), Victoria Beauty Specialist will open their doors for the first time, and many shops are having a general spruce up in readiness!

New Banner
We’d like to say a very big thank you to Harrogate BID for providing Commercial Street with such an eye-catching new banner at the top of the street. We are absolutely over the moon with it! Thanks also to De-Signs in Harrogate for making the banner!
Lilly’s Cafe – new Goan vegetable curry with Rafi’s Spicebox taste!
Working in collaboration with Rafi’s Spicebox, at Lilly’s Cafe you will now be able to enjoy a fresh and light vegetable green curry from the Southern state of Goa. Don’t worry though, the menu will still feature their incredible all day English breakfast and the best meat or vegetarian Club Sandwich in Harrogate!
New Street Bench
What an improvement this fabulous new bench opposite Crampton & Moore is, and we’re looking a whole lot smarter as our street signs have been freshened up. For your safety you’ll also find a hand sanitiser station outside Iconic Vape at the top of the street. We would like to say a huge thank you to Harrogate Borough Council for supporting our street with these welcome improvements.
New Sweet Treats from Bean & Bud
Carrot Cake - surely one of your 5 a day!
Bean & Bud strive to support local businesses & feel there’s no better way to do that than via sweet treats! Long standing favourites from Ralph the Flying Baker, The Harrogate Cookie Company & a couple of homemade stalwarts will be joined by a new kid on the block – The Priviledged Goat.

We look forward to sharing their delights with you, and remember, a sweet treat bought from an indie has no calories (oh how we wish!!)

The Nail & Beauty Nerd launch their own range of cuticle oils
Emma has been working on these exciting, bespoke new oils for over a year, and the results smell divine with jojoba, Vitamin E and hemp seed oil. They are deeply nourishing and fantastic to help your nails grow healthy, strong & supple. They come in 10ml and 20ml bottles, which are refillable.
Barber Vacancies
Bluebeards Barbershop now have full and part time positions available, please contact Alex through Facebook, Instagram or email bluebeardsbarbershop@outlook.com

Last but not least, Happy Easter!

Did you know, if chocolate’s not your thing, why not try a CHEESE Easter egg from The Cheeseboard – we kid you not! Finally good luck to every business re-opening after lockdown and we look forward to welcoming you back to Commercial Street. If you have any feedback or comments we would love to hear from you hello@commercial-street.co.uk

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Damage to the Fiat 500’s windscreen

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for information after a 22 year old woman suffered a minor head injury as a result of a road traffic collision on Studley Road, Ripon around 9.45pm on Wednesday 31 March 2021.

The incident occurred near to the River Laver Holiday Park and involved a grey Fiat 500 car and a van. The van, described as a drop-side van with a white cab and silver sides, failed to stop after the collision and continued driving towards Ripon city centre.

The female driver of the Fiat 500 suffered head injuries which are believed to have been caused by unsecured timber falling from the rear of the van onto the car’s windscreen.

If you witnessed this incident or have any information which could help identify the van and its driver to help us establish the full circumstances of this incident then please contact Traffic Constable 174 David Minto, Roads Policing Group at david.minto@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk or 101 quoting reference 12210089276.

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West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has launched a “Make a Pledge” campaign to encourage local businesses to commit to their social responsibilities.

Introduced as part of the Chamber’s ‘Raising the Bar’ dedicated social responsibility programme, the new ‘Make a Pledge’ initiative aims to encourage businesses and teams across the region to consider how and where they can make a difference.

Launched as part of the Chamber’s recent ‘How to be a Good Employer; learning lunch event hosted by Tong Garden Centre and Yorkshire Building Society, businesses are encouraged to make their pledge by outlining how they aim to improve their social impact in areas such as the community, environment, volunteering, donations, education or the economy.

Donna Morris, Marketing Executive at the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, commented: “Raising the Bar’s ‘Make a Pledge’ campaign is a fantastic way for businesses to vocalise the great things they are doing to support the community and the environment. The pledge process will encourage teams to think about and discuss where they can make a positive impact and by publicising their pledges, will help identify what positive changes can be made by companies and to influence others.”

Raising the Bar is a social impact business initiative, aimed to help businesses of all sizes achieve their social impact goals. There is a free benchmarking tool on the new website, allowing companies to measure their current social impact, against other businesses with similar demographics. Also, opportunities are posted by charities, not-for-profits or individuals looking for help from businesses. The Raising the Bar Awards take place towards the end of the year. These awards enable businesses and employees to be recognised for all the hard work they put into managing their social impact.

Rebecca Farhall, Raising the Bar steering group member and Business Development Manager at Naylor Wintersgill, independent chartered accountants and Executive Chamber members, said: “We have supported the Raising the Bar initiative for a number of years – it’s an excellent way for us to recognise our team’s efforts at the annual awards and connect with others. I can also track and set targets for our activities during the year through the benchmarking tool.

“The Raising the Bar Pledge has inspired me to rethink our social impact and how our team are working to improve it. Our 2021 pledge is to provide online reading sessions to young children in Bradford where our volunteers will remotely engage with their reading buddies for weekly 30 minute sessions during term time. Through our involvement in the TutorMate UK programme, we hope to support school children in our local community, helping them learn to love books and build the critical reading skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.”

She added: “I hope that by making our Pledge of commitment through the initiative and sharing that with others, more businesses will get thinking about their own social impact and the diverse range of things they can do to have a positive influence on our communities.”

Raising the Bar shares positive social impact stories with the Chamber’s business network, gives charities and not-for-profits the opportunity to appeal for help and support, and offers a benchmarking tool for businesses to log their progress when improving their impact. To find out more, please contact marketing@wnychamber.co.uk or visit https://www.raising-the-bar.org.uk/.

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Damage to the Fiat 500’s windscreen

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for information after a 22 year old woman suffered a minor head injury as a result of a road traffic collision on Studley Road, Ripon around 9.45pm on Wednesday 31 March 2021.

The incident occurred near to the River Laver Holiday Park and involved a grey Fiat 500 car and a van. The van, described as a drop-side van with a white cab and silver sides, failed to stop after the collision and continued driving towards Ripon city centre.

The female driver of the Fiat 500 suffered head injuries which are believed to have been caused by unsecured timber falling from the rear of the van onto the car’s windscreen.

If you witnessed this incident or have any information which could help identify the van and its driver to help us establish the full circumstances of this incident then please contact Traffic Constable 174 David Minto, Roads Policing Group at david.minto@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk or 101 quoting reference 12210089276.

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People in Harrogate, Selby and Skipton have been thanked for their response to consultations about enhancing the gateways to the towns around their railway stations.

A poster advertising the Transforming Cities Fund

The consultations, which closed on 24 March, came after a partnership of local authorities secured a total of £31m for projects in the three town centres from the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund (TCF).

The TCF aims to make it easier, safer and quicker for people to travel on foot, by bike and by public transport by funding improved transport connections. In each of the three towns, a major package of investment will improve opportunities for sustainable travel and link transport hubs with centres of education and employment.

These projects will be delivered in partnership by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, North Yorkshire County Council, Craven District Council, Harrogate Borough Council and Selby District Council and are scheduled to be completed by 2023.

The proposals include:

• In Harrogate, improved railway station frontage with better access for walking and cycling; improved facilities for walking and cycling in the town centre; and improvements to public spaces in the town.

• In Selby, improved station frontage and links to the town centre, Abbey and nearby bus station; improved walking and cycling links to major redevelopment sites, including a new cycle and footbridge over the River Ouse to the Olympia Park site.

• In Skipton, improved access for walking and cycling from the railway station to the bus station; improved railway station frontage and improved access to education and employment sites.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said: “We are grateful to everyone who took the time to give their feedback. We will now analyse the responses with a view to presenting a detailed report on the consultation findings next month. These will inform our decision on which options to take forward to detailed design. We will then seek further opinions on those designs.”

Cllr Mackenzie, who is member for Harrogate Saltergate, added: “I’m particularly pleased that in Harrogate we received more than 1,000 responses from a wide cross-section of the public. These responses have provided views from a broad range of individuals across all age groups and from people with limited mobility.”

Councillor Phil Ireland, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for carbon reduction and sustainability, said: “Hundreds of people in the Harrogate district have responded to the consultation. I’d like to thank everyone who responded for sharing their views.

“This scheme has the potential to create many more walking and cycling opportunities while transforming the look and feel of the station gateway area in Harrogate.

“I look forward to seeing the analysis of the consultation so it can inform the next steps.”

Cllr David Buckle, Lead Executive Member for Communities and Economic Development at Selby District Council, said: “I’d like to thank all those who get involved in this consultation, joined the online events and shared their views with us. These plans are a once in a generation chance to re-design this part of Selby town centre and the responses received will now be carefully considered.”

David Smurthwaite, Strategic Manager for Planning and Regeneration at Craven District Council, said: “I would like to thank everyone in Craven who responded to the consultation to share their views. The scheme is an important investment for Skipton and it is essential we get this right for everyone, our residents, businesses and visitors.”

A report on the consultation response is expected to be presented to the County Council’s Business and Environmental Services corporate director and Executive members in April.

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The Covid-19 pandemic thoughts, experiences, anecdotes and photos of local people from the past year are wanted for a new ‘Focus on the Good’ book being created to raise much-needed funds for Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity (HHCC).

HHCC is the hospital charity for Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, and they have specially commissioned a book called ‘Focus on the Good’ and anyone is welcome to contribute, be they NHS staff, volunteers, patients, service users, families and members of the community.

HHCC are interested in hearing experiences of the last year; what have you missed? What were your biggest challenges?  What have you appreciated the most about this time?  If you have visited Harrogate District Hospital or used a HDFT service, how was your experience?  Have you or a loved one experienced Covid-19?  What would your message be to NHS staff?  How did your community pull together?  What do you remember about the doorstep claps?

Did you get involved in supporting your local NHS, perhaps you donated hand cream to NHS staff, took part in fundraising, made scrubs, or had your photograph taken as part of ‘The Doorstep Portraits Project for Harrogate Hospital’?  Share your photographs from this last year, why did you take them, what do they mean to you?

From the information submitted, HHCC will work collaboratively with author Leah Knight to develop a book ‘Focus on the Good’ – to not only remember how Covid-19 affected individuals, but how communities, NHS staff, volunteers and families came together to support each other and those in the NHS in a time of need.

If you would like to contribute please download a Focus on the Good template on HHCC’s website here: https://hhcc.co.uk/events/focus-on-the-good-book/. Alternatively, to submit your contribution please contact the team by email hdft.hhcc@nhs.net or call 01423 557408.

Sammy Lambert, Business Development, Charity and Volunteer Manager for HHCC, said: “We want to be able to remember these unprecedented times especially what was gained and not just lost throughout the past year. This is an incredible opportunity for our supporters to share their own unique experience. The aim of the book is to create a keepsake of a challenging time and provide an opportunity to look back in many years to come and reflect on how we all came together as a community during some of the darkest times.”

Leah Knight said: “I feel so privileged to write this book. To document the resilience, the compassion and the undeniable ability the NHS has to wrap their arms around us when we need them to most. I hope to deliver the stories just as they deserve to be told, with positivity and hope. Through poetry, I will write my book which will encourage you, the reader, to look back on 2020 and ‘Focus on the good’. I cannot wait to share it.”

 

‘Focus on the Good’ book will be available later this year with all proceeds from the donations received enabling HHCC to continue to make life-changing differences for the staff, patients, service users and families in hospital and the wider community across HDFT.

Submissions close on Friday 30 April 2021.

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