Former Derbyshire cricket star Devon Malcolm has revealed his dismay at being unable to visit his father, who died in hospital aged 75 earlier this month.
Malcolm’s father Albert lived in a care home but was admitted to hospital on March 29 with a bladder infection before testing positive for the coronavirus four days later.
He died on April 4, and Malcolm told BBC Radio 5 Live: “It’s so difficult when a loved one is admitted to hospital and you are told you can’t visit, you can’t be there for them.
“Later on when I got the call to say he had passed, it was a very, very weird feeling.
“Until you get the death certificate and the reality sinks in, it feels like you’re having a dream and you’ll be out of it in a minute. I’m trying to come to terms with it but it’s going to be really difficult.”
Meanwhile, 12 more people have died in Derby and Burton hospitals after contracting coronavirus.
The latest NHS England statistics show 215 people have passed away there since the outbreak began.
The number who have died at Chesterfield Royal Hospital remains at 38.
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651 more deaths in England
NHS England has announced 651 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 11,656.
Of the 651 new deaths announced today 113 occurred on April 14, while 277 occurred on April 13 and 103 occurred on the previous day.
Between April 1 and April 11, 151 of those people died and the remaining seven deaths occurred in March, with the earliest new death taking place on March 23.
Chesterfield public urged to revert back to old traditions of bowing to funeral processions
Funeral directors in Chesterfield are asking people to show support for grieving families if they see a hearse go by.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, funerals are even harder for families due to a number of restrictions being in place. These include restricting attendees to immediate close family and insisting they adhere to social distancing guidelines.
It is also no longer appropriate to hold a wake or gathering after the ceremony at any venue, including the family home.
Drew Lilleker, director at Harold Lilleker & Sons, said: “Now is a time to stop and thing about what’s really important. Nurses are more than footballers and pausing for respect is more important than rushing around. We should stay safe and show respect.”
School trust sets up Derby food bank to support families
Shaw Education Trust staff have opened a food bank at a Derby school to support families and young people.
Numerous food banks have been set up in the Midlands, including one at St Andrew’s Academy in Derby.
Jo Morgan, CEO of the Trust, said: “Collaboration is more important than ever now and investment in our young people must extend to ensuring they thrive whilst away from school.”
The Trust has set up seven foo dbanks across their school locations, enabling pupils and families to access essential items.
Mrs Morgan added: “The power of our community working together is remarkable; we are delighted to be adding value at such an important time.”
She said corporate donations would be “greatly appreciated”. You can get more information by contacting the school directly.
Family’s tribute to Derbyshire ‘supernan’ who died from coronavirus
A Chesterfield family have paid tribute to their “Superhero Nan”, after she died following a short battle with coronavirus.
They said Mavis Blood, from Staveley, was renowned in the community for her “random acts of kindness” and “generosity”.
She passed away on Tuesday, April 7, at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, aged 74, only 48 hours after being admitted with pneumonia.
The cause of death was given as Covid-19.
Granddaughter Ellen-Rose Chapman said: “Our hearts were not ready to say goodbye to you yet. You were the most glamorous character there ever was; there was never a dull moment with you around.”
Lees Brook School masks helping RDH staff
Lees Brook School, in Chaddesden, have been making visors for NHS staff to use on the front lines.
Donations pour in for hospital staff
Royal Derby and Burton hospitals said a “a huge heartfelt thank you” to community groups and individuals for their support.
They shared pictures of gifts sent for NHS staff from the Ockbrook and Borrowash over 60’s group, the Two Sisters Food Group and newly formed group ‘A stitch from me to you’.
Live video service to replace Chesterfield Royal’s annual Service of Remembrance
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Chesterfield Royal Hospital have decided to post a recorded service, led by Reverend Martyn Jinks, to replace their annual Service of Remembrance.
In a statement on their Facebook page, Chesterfield Royal Hospital said: “This coming Sunday 19th April at 3pm we will be posting a video that, this year, will replace our annual Service of Remembrance.
“We have recorded a service that will allow families who have lost babies and children the opportunity to join together and pay their respects after we had to cancel the actual service due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be made ‘live’ and available to you at the exact moment the service would ordinarily have taken place.
“The inclusive service will be led by our Head of Spiritual Care, Reverend Martyn Jinks and will feature readings from our Director of Nursing and Patient Care Lynn Andrews and Head of Nursing and Midwifery Linda Gustard.
“You will have a chance to light a candle, pause for thought and remember your loss knowing that you will not be alone in doing so. The video will not be live in the traditional sense so if you can’t make it at exactly 3pm, you can play the video at any time.”
Littleover food bank launches
A food bank for Littleover and Blagreaves has been set up to help those in need.
Domino’s Pizza forced to scrap popular items
Domino’s Pizza has temporarily axed some of its most popular lines due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The major changes to the menu, including taking away ham and pineapple pizza and some garlic breads, are designed to make everything safer for staff and customers.
Domino’s has also scrapped its popular cheeseburger pizza to help staff maintain social distancing protocols.
Innovation businesses in Chesterfield invited to apply for £50k grants
Grants of up to £50,000 have been announced for businesses to develop new ways of working to support industries such as delivery services, food manufacturing, retail and transport, as well as to support people currently staying at home.
The grants come from a government scheme offering £20 million to develop innovation businesses.
Councillor Terry Gilby, cabinet member for economic growth, said: “Businesses in Chesterfield have a strong history of innovation and I hope that many can help find solutions to the challenge we are currently facing.”
Morley Hayes open for key workers
Morley Hayes has opened the doors of its four-star hotel to key workers who need a place to stay during the current coronavirus pandemic.
The complex on Main Road in Morley, recently launched a take-away and delivery service in order to provide its local communities and at-risk individuals with hot and cold meals and other essentials.
Now, owners Andrew and Robert Allsop have followed this up by opening-up their luxury hotel to key workers looking for a place to stay closer to work or somewhere to rest and relax, or people whose company needs them to self-isolate.
Guests can enjoy luxury rooms with tea and coffee making stations, complimentary mineral water, along with laundry facilities and free parking.
Andrew Allsop, managing director of Morley Hayes said: “Our hotel is open to all the incredible key workers who are helping to keep our communities running during this uncertain time and we hope to give them a safe space where they can relax and unwind in at the end of a hard day’s work.”
Watch as brilliant Dolly Parton tribute singer performs 9 To 5 from her driveway for her neighbours
Lockdown residents in Swadlincote were treated to a brilliant show by a Dolly Parton tribute singer who wooed them with some of the queen of country music’s classic hits including 9 to 5 – all from her driveway.
Lucy Floyd gave her neighbours the surprise performance, donning a blonde wig and looking just like the star, as she belted out songs outside her home in Browning Road.
Lucy, who sounds and talks uncannily like the singer, wore a blue sparkly dress to entertain her neighbours with some of the singer’s biggest hits.
Chesterfield solicitors offer 50% discount on Will writing services for NHS staff
Local law firm, Banner Jones, is to offer 50% off its Will writing services to all NHS staff as a way of saying thank you for their “tireless efforts” to help support those across the region affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.
The discount, which is available to doctors and nurses, as well as all other NHS workers, comes as pressure on key workers continues to grow; with many being urged to get their affairs in order.
Chesterfield MP slams alleged coronavirus racist
Chesterfield’s MP has slammed alleged racist behaviour against a Chinese woman in the town.
Three men are being sought after a woman from Chesterfield is said to have received racial abuse about the Covid-19 pandemic.
The woman, who did not want to go public, is believed to have been racially abused twice, firstly by two males and on the second occasion, a lone male.
On the first incident, she was allegedly approached by two young males on bicycles who coughed in her face.
Chesterfield Labour MP Toby Perkins was quick to defend the woman in comments posted on his Twitter account
He said: “I have been made aware of recent #Coronavirus related racism against people of Chinese origin locally. It’s as stupid as it’s disgusting.
“I will be contacting the police about it, we’re not having stuff like this.”
Social distancing could continue for years
The strength of human immunity will dictate how long coronavirus persists following the first wave of infections – but social distancing may need to be maintained into next year at the earliest.
A study suggests infection will resurge once social distancing measures are lifted after initially suppressing the virus.
The second wave of the disease could overwhelm hospitals to the extent that social distancing may have to be maintained intermittently into 2022, the research suggests.
But there is still a threat that the virus could hang around for several more years.
Key worker scarecrow competition raises money for Chesterfield Royal
Residents on Matlock Road, in Walton, have entered a special competition, started by their Neighbourhood Watch group, to put up key worker scarecrows to raise money for essential items needed by the NHS workers on the front line.
Catherine Allen, 41, a member of the Neighbourhood Watch, said: “The scarecrows are all themed around key workers that we are thankful for and include waste management, farmers, NHS, psychotherapist, scientists, carers etc.
“We wanted to highlight the importance of all key workers in our current environment and the Chesterfield Royal Charity seemed like the perfect place to receive our fundraising efforts.”
The competition has been described as “a fantastic idea and what a lovely thought to raise money for the campaign” by a spokesperson for Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
The spokesperson continued: “We’d like to thank everyone on Matlock Road, and all of those who have donated as part of the competition, for their efforts and creativity and best of luck to all of those who have taken part. You’re all winners!”
The updated total raised is currently at £890 on the Just Giving page.
Derbyshire school puts together more than 200 ‘care packs’ for hospital staff
A Derbyshire school has raised hundreds of pounds to create more than 200 care kits for local hospital staff.
John Port Spencer Academy teacher Kate Jackson got in touch with hospitals in Derby and Burton to ask what they most needed.
The English teacher then appealed to fellow staff members to help pay for care kits containing hand cream, lip balm and mints.