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Times Echo and Life / Coronavirus

April 15, 2020

‘She was incredible’

CORONAVIRUS has claimed the life of a mother from Rocester. Rutendo Mukotsanjera, aged 45, was a mental health support worker and single mum. Her daughter, Chiedza - known as Chichi - is just 12 years old.

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April 9, 2020

Teenagers undertake the ‘CovHead-19’ challenge

TWO TEENAGERS from the Moorlands have shaved their heads as part of a challenge that aims to raise money for the NHS as it battles the outbreak of coronavirus. Friends Joe Avery, from Cheadle, and Alfie Walford, from Kingsley, both joined in the 'CovHead-19 Challenge' that invites people to sponsor others to shave their heads to try to “donate some money to a good cause and create some positives out of a bad situation.” Joe explained how he got involved with the initiative, which was set up by NHS Charities Together.

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April 9, 2020

“I was gearing up to have a difficult conversation with my mum”

THE SON of a gentleman from the Moorlands who made a remarkable recovery from coronavirus says the family is “really relieved.” 82-year-old Sid Lovenbury, from Cheadle, was admitted to the Royal Stoke University Hospital last month after showing symptoms of Covid-19 where he tested positive for the virus. Sid had been at nursing home residence Church Terrace, in Cheadle, when staff discovered he had a high fever. They called out for a doctor twice before Sid was sent to hospital.

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April 9, 2020

Singer Joslyn not letting pandemic halt her career

A TEENAGE vocal sensation from the Moorlands is evolving the way she uses her musical talents amid the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Joslyn Plant, from Cheadle, shot into the headlines last summer after reaching the semi-finals of TV show The Voice Kids UK and has gone from strength to strength in her music career since. Not only does she present a digital radio show on 'Teenbuzz Radio' where she sings and chats for two hours once a month, she is also continuing to work on recording content with Steelworks Studios in Sheffield from home.

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April 7, 2020

Stranded musician entertains with garden concert series

AN AMERICAN musician who can’t return to his home in Cyprus because of restrictions in place to combat coronavirus Covid-19, is giving free weekly concerts in Uttoxeter. Raphael Orlando Tate is staying with friends in the town, after becoming stranded in the UK.

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April 7, 2020

Schools help protect front line workers

INNOVATIVE school staff have stepped up to help provide frontline medics with vital kit. Nurses, doctors, NHS staff, GP surgery staff and carers are among the many key workers needing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). But as global demand is on the rise, some a struggling to get hold of masks, visors and other equipment such as disposable aprons and gloves.

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April 2, 2020

Mass community spirited token of appreciation

As NHS staff, carers, emergency service employees, store staff, delivery drivers and many other key workers strive to keep the country going – residents across the nation joined in on a 'Clap For Our Carers' initiative which all started from a post on social media. And the community of Cheadle and surrounding areas was no different in joining in on the mass clap to show just how appreciative we all are of our key workers. It is understood that another 'Clap for Our Carers' will take place once again tomorrow (Thursday, April 2) at the same time of 8pm.

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April 2, 2020

Village restaurant cooks up a feast for NHS staff

A TEAM of Indian chefs have been helping to feed NHS staff during the current coronavirus situation. Staff from Roshni Restaurant in Forsbrook visited the Royal Stoke University Hospital last Wednesday (March 25) armed with around 100 curries for NHS workers to enjoy. Restaurant owner Muhammed Sami told the Times & Echo: “I just wanted to do something for the hard working NHS staff.

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April 2, 2020

Family get creative online

A MOTHER and her children have created an online video giving youngsters and parents ideas as to how to keep kids entertained while still being educated during the homeschooling period. Many students started learning from home recently following the Governments decision to close all schools amid the coronavirus outbreak. Only the children of parents who are classed as 'key workers' are permitted to attend their respective education centres.

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April 2, 2020

Second coronavirus case in town confirmed

A SECOND case of coronavirus has been confirmed in a Moorlands town. Beech Lodge Nursing Home in Cheadle is the latest care home in the town to confirm that a resident has tested positive of COVID-19. A representative at the Rakeway Road venue confirmed to the Times and Echo on Monday (March 30) that on Friday (March 27) a resident was diagnosed with the virus and is now being treated in hospital.

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April 1, 2020

‘Stay safe’ urges Town Mayor

TOWN Mayor, Cllr Sue McGarry has praised community spirit in Uttoxeter and urged townsfolk to stay safe in the face of the coronavirus Covis-19 pandemic.

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April 1, 2020

‘To isolate is vital – and I can tell you why’

A FORTNIGHT ago, Dr Helen Kara returned from a week teaching and speaking at universities in Southampton and Norway. When she arrived home on March 13, she decided to self-isolate, aware that although it was unlikely she had picked up coronavirus Covid-19, she had travelled through many crowded places, including airports, train stations, tube trains and taxis as well as staying in hotels and eating in restaurants. As an asthma-sufferer, Helen took the decision to isolate herself as much as possible from family and friends, even though at that point, there was no official requirement for her to do so. She said: “I took all the precautions I could; my hands have never been so clean. “But I wouldn’t know for sure whether I had caught the virus for at least 14 days, maybe longer – and if I had caught it, then during those days I could infect tens or hundreds or even thousands of other people.” The day after she came home, Helen shared her thoughts and fears in her blog helenkara.com, reflecting on her longing to see a friend’s new baby and the restrictions she was placing on herself after researching coronavirus as much as she could. But just a couple of days into her self-imposed isolation, Helen realised that not everyone was as aware of the potential effects of the virus. And before the Government instructed the nation to stay at home, her parents, who are 79 and 80, enjoyed a visit from a friend. Now Helen is sharing their story - a stark illustration of the difficulties faced by so many as we remain in our homes, unable to care for our loved ones far away, fearful of the many ways this virus can enter our homes and impact on our lives:

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