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A BARNSLEY hospital nurse who has worked on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic has been hailed a ‘hospital hero’ for boosting the morale of patients across her ward.

 

Dawn Jones, from Cudworth, has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award after patients felt she went above and beyond the duty of care.

 

The 44-year-old has been working 13 hour shifts, seven days a week during the pandemic to cope with the demands of the virus.

 

Dawn admits that even though times were difficult, the love of her job and helping other people pushed her through the gruelling shifts.

 

She said: “When the virus reached its peak, it was incredibly difficult to cope mentally and it was a great strain on us at the hospital.

 

“However I never feared contracting the virus myself, I trusted our amazing PPE and staff.

 

“The most important thing for us was to power through and help as many people as we could.

 

“I think the most difficult part was that patients weren’t able to see loved ones. This was done to ensure the safety of everyone.

 

“So I wanted to make sure I could be there and become a part of the family whilst they were with us, and that’s the most important thing.”

 

Dawn credits the efforts of her team on her ward for helping pull her through the tough times.

 

“The staff from all departments at Barnsley Hospital have been incredible. We really are a huge family.

 

“When things got challenging, we would pull together and pull each other up. I love coming into work everyday to be with my hospital family.

 

“I think a big part of the job is to try and boost people’s spirits. I wanted to make sure that I left each patient with a smile on their face.

 

“We’re all in this together and it was that camaraderie amongst our staff that got us through the difficult times.”

 

Dawn’s positive spirit has landed her a nomination in the Hospital Hero category at this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards.

 

She added: “It’s very exciting to be nominated but also incredibly surprising.

 

“Like all people at Barnsley Hospital, we’re coming in to do our job and help save lives so I don’t feel particularly worthy.

 

“This nomination for everybody at the hospital who has worked tirelessly during the pandemic.”

Barnsley council bosses urge residents to work together with coronavirus app

COUNCIL bosses have urged residents to work together with businesses ahead of the countrywide launch of the new NHS coronavirus app this week.

 

The app, which is available to the public from Thursday (September 24), will help the government’s track and trace scheme where visitors of local bars, shops or restaurants will check in on the app.

 

Businesses across the town will be legally required to display QR posters in their venues to allow customers who have downloaded the app to check in.

 

To download the QR code posters, businesses should visit the government’s website.

 

Julia Burrows, director of public health, said: “It is vital that residents and businesses in Barnsley work together with the launch of the new NHS coronavirus app to make sure it is strong and successful at protecting our communities through track and tracing.

 

“I would strongly encourage everybody that can, to use this new app, which provides a safe and secure way to accurately track any person who has been in contact with somebody that has tested positive for coronavirus.

 

“It’s important that now more than ever, we are following regulations set out by the government which will help us protect lives in Barnsley.”

Vehicles damaged in Hoyland multi-vehicle collision

EMERGENCY services were called to Hoyland yesterday following reports of a collision.

 

At around 12.40pm yesterday (September 21) emergency services were called after a multi-vehicle collision on Sheffield Road, Hoyland, outside the Parkside Farm Shop.

 

Several vehicles were damaged but no-one was hurt.

Christmas delivery dates for non-European countries

IT may seem too early, but Christmas is only 13 weeks away and Royal Mail has revealed its Christmas deadlines earlier than you might think to some destinations abroad.

 

The Royal Mail delivers post until December 23, but recommend sending post as early as possible to avoid delays and make sure that the parcel arrives in time for the big day.

 

The last dates to post to all non-European destinations is except South Africa, Canada, the Middle and Far East and the USA is October 5.

 

For the Middle and Far East, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South Africa, is October 12.

 

'Yarn-bombed' bus heading to Barnsley

A COLOURFUL 'yarn-bombed' bus will be heading to multiple destinations across Barnsley today to help bring a smile to those who are shielding.

 

The Stagecoach bus will visit Barnsley today (September 22) on its tour of the country.

 

The bus was organised by magazine, The People's Friend, and was created with the help of knitters across the country.

 

Angela Gilchrist, editorial director of The People’s Friend, said: “In our 150-year history, 2020 has been one of the hardest, in particular having to stay away from family and friends.

 

This year, we want to go the extra mile, literally, and thanks to Stagecoach, we will bring the fun and friendship found in the magazine to the streets of Barnsley, with our very own yarn-bombed bus.”

 

The bus also aims to raise funds for a telephone befriending service, Call Companions, which was launched in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Call Companions offers regular calls to vulnerable people to help them to stay connected to the outside world.

 

The yarn-bombed bus will visit Barnsley Town Centre, Tankersley, Shafton, and Athersley and will stop off at care homes along the way.

 

 

 

*Photo: Sewing_the_seeds_of_love

 

Netball team are big scorers during lockdown

A NETBALL team dedicated to spreading mental health awareness have ‘took matters into their own hands’ to get back on the court. 

 

The Barnsley Recovery College began a netball team for people who have lived with mental health issues or want to spread awareness of their impacts.

 

During the lockdown, the team weren’t able to meet due to social distancing regulations meaning many were left feeling anxious.

 

Once lockdown restrictions were lifted, the group began meeting by themselves in a local field to play netball in socially distanced groups.

 

Hannah Burton, from the Recovery College, has been thrilled by the team’s willingness to get back onto the field off of their own backs.

 

“Because the team have built up such a friendship, they took matters into their own hands and began practising and playing as soon as restrictions were lifted,” she said.

 

“They’ve been playing at Pogmoor Recreation Ground and have found it incredibly beneficial for both their physical and mental wellbeing.

 

“They organise this all themselves and as long as I’m kept up-to-date I leave it entirely with them.

 

“I’m so proud of them for coming together and doing something they love and spreading awareness on mental health.

 

Coun Clive Pickering, who represents the Old Town ward, has praised the team for their initiative during a tough time.

 

He said: “I had the pleasure of meeting up with these people. 

 

“They’re enjoying the facilities and I am giving them my full support. 

 

“Under the very difficult times we are facing, they’re a breath of fresh air, also helping the participants’ physical and mental health.

 

“It’s my hope that the success of this facility grows in popularity as it is a vital part of the community.”

Rough sleeping project in need of donations

A PROJECT which helps support rough sleepers across the borough has launched an appeal for donated items ahead of winter.

 

The Rucksack Project in Barnsley are urging residents to donate unused items to the team to help support those sleeping rough during the colder months.

 

Adie Flute, who runs the Rucksack Project, is thankful of any donation, regardless of amount.

 

He told We Are Barnsley: “As always we’re looking for donated items to help those who are homeless and rough sleeping. 

 

“But with Covid-19 and the closure of the drop-in we have had to make some changes this year. 

 

“We have a slightly longer list of items, but where in previous years we’ve had a basic list and then just asked for anything beyond this that would be of use to someone in that position.

 

“This year we’re asking people to stick very closely to this list in order that we are able to effectively store it for the Covid-19 quarantine procedures, before then moving it on ready for being handed out and used.”

 

The team are looking for:

 

  • Rucksacks (preferably large), sleeping bags and camping mats
  • Small, medium or large warm and waterproof coats, jumpers and hoodies
  • Small, medium or large Joggers and waterproof trousers
  • Hats and gloves, and hand warmers
  • New small, medium or large underwear and socks
  • Individual cartons of orange juice, instant coffee, long life milk and sugar
  • Chocolate bars, cereal bars and biscuits
  • Packs of rice, pasta, pasta sauce packs - as well as all in one pasta and sauce packs or noodles (eg. pot pasta or pot noodles)
  • Tinned vegetables, tinned meat and fish

 

Adie added: “Some of the items will be handed out as supplies of clothing and groceries, and other items will be used to assist with regular nightly food and drink handouts via The Barnsley Rough Sleeper Project.

 

“Unfortunately we have very limited space for both quarantining and general storage, so please no duvets or quilts, or clothing that falls outside of the above items or sizes.

 

To donate any items, message The Rucksack Project on Facebook to arrange a convenient time to drop off.

Barnsley Hospital bosses urge potential patients to visit alone

PEOPLE arriving at Barnsley’s accident and emergency department must attend alone in a bid to minimise infection risk, hospital bosses warn.

 

Due to coronavirus restrictions, people are encouraged to attend alone unless they require assistance.

 

If a patient is underage or needs support, a maximum of one person can accompany them.

 

A spokesperson for Barnsley Hospital said: “Physical visiting is allowed for patients who wish to have a visitor, patients who may be receiving life-changing news and patients in non-Covid critical care areas.

 

“If you are a birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour, the maternity team have published details about visiting arrangement here.

 

“This also applies to parents visiting a child in the children’s ward or neonatal unit or if the patient is receiving end-of-life care.”

New coronavirus advice announced

NEW advice to help slow the spread of coronavirus has been announced, after figures show that new cases could reach 50,000-a-day by next month.

 

The chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, and government scientific advisor, Sir Patrick Vallance spoke at a press event today (September 21) where they addressed the spread of the virus.

 

Current figures show that around 6,000 people are contracting the virus each day , and if the rate continues to rise without action being taken – cases could reach 50,000 per day.

 

In the past week 51 new cases have been reported in Barnsley which brings the total to 2,328.

 

Sir Patrick Vallance said: "50,000 cases per day would be expected to lead to 200 or more deaths per-day in November.”

 

Prof Whitty urged the public to take action to help reduce the spread of the virus. His advice included:

  • Reduce your individual risk by washing your hands

  • Self-isolate if you have symptoms

  • Break unnecessary links between households

 

Director of public health in Barnsley, Julia Burrows, said: “We all need to follow the national guidance on face coverings and social distancing, staying safe, what to do when we or those we care for get symptoms and how to protect our NHS and health and care services.”

Falls in elderly tackled in new council scheme

As winter draws closer, information has been released to help prevent falls in older people after more than 1,000 hospital admissions last year.

 

Council bosses have released the information in line with Falls Prevention Week which runs annually from September 21-28.

 

Falls are a common and serious problem for older people and resulted in 1,205 hospital admissions in Barnsley last year.

 

Small changes can be made to help reduce the risk of a fall in people aged 65 and over which include regular ear and sight checks, annual medication reviews, and well-fitting shoes and slippers.

 

Coun Jim Andrews, cabinet spokesperson for public health, said: “As people get older, it can be a little bit harder to do some of the things we take for granted doing every day.

 

While this is a normal part of getting older, there are lots of things we can do to make sure that people over the age of 65 can do to reduce the risks of falls.”

 

Jayne Sivakumar, chief nurse at NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group said: “It’s really important that we understand the risks of falling and how this can be prevented.

 

"We’re pleased to be part of the Fall Proof Barnsley campaign to encourage residents to make small changes to their routine and home to reduce hospital admissions and improve overall health.”

 

For more information about the Fall Proof Barnsley scheme, and to help reduce the risk of a fall click here.



Man admits to murder of wife

A MAN has admitted to killing his estranged wife earlier this year.

 

Craig Woodhall, 41, formerly of Windsor Crescent, pleaded guilty to stabbing his wife Victoria, 31, multiple times during a sustained attack on in March.

 

At 4.55pm on March 29, members of the public began calling 999 after Woodhall chased Victoria from their property into the street, before attacking her with a machete.

 

Senior investigating officer detective inspector Ben Wood said: “Victoria was subjected to a brutal and sustained attack, and there were several people in the immediate vicinity who witnessed this horrifying murder.



“Our officers began to arrive shortly after the emergency calls, along with paramedics and an air ambulance. Despite the best efforts of both our officers and medical staff, Victoria’s injuries were so severe she was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.



“Woodhall fled prior to police arrival and at 5.50pm, two officers were driving down Wombwell Lane in Barnsley when a car flashed its headlights at them. Woodhall got out of the car and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder.”

 

A post-mortem examination concluded that Victoria died as a result of multiple incised wounds.



DI Wood continued: “Victoria’s injuries were significant and extensive – she was stabbed with a Gurkha-style machete knife, which our officers recovered from the scene.



“The violence she suffered was so extreme that she had multiple skull fractures, as well as significant injuries to her head, face, neck, arms, hands, shoulders and back.



“While I am pleased that Woodhall has accepted responsibility for his crime, this will do little to comfort Victoria’s family and loved ones. I send my deepest condolences to them as they come to terms with their loss."

 

Woodhall has been remanded into custody and will will be sentenced on October 2.

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Fudge and Yorkie
Our gorgeous brother and sister  Yorkie (boy) and Fudge (girl) will soon be able to leave their mum and go to their new home together.
They were brought in by RSPCA Inspectors  with their mum and siblings when just a few hours old and taken straight to the home of one of our amazing fosterers where they have had a warm bed, good food and lots of TLC.
Both are semi long-hair with handsome Yorkie being really fluffy .....typical kittens they are full of fun and frolics and very loving.
As they are closely bonded pair we shall be re-homing them together.
Midnight
Midnight was brought in by RSPCA Inspectors after her owner realised that she could no longer care for her.
This beautiful girl is 1 year old has stunning good looks.....with jet black semi-long hair and the most distinctive emerald green eyes. More importantly Midnight has an amazing personality....she just loves a fuss, and if she doesn't get one she throws herself down in front of you and meows until she gets a cuddle (as the pics show!)
A definite people cat.
Molly, Toby and Mrley

This adorable trio of one year olds are three of several beauties who came in together with an inspector, full of fleas and sores as their owner wasn't able to offer them the care they needed. 

With loads of love and treatment from their fosterer and Abbey vets, thankfully they're now restored to their very handsome and beautiful selves and are all loving, gentle and quiet little sweeties who really do deserve to have a warm home with toys, fun and cuddles and will make adorable pets.

Marley and Toby (pictured together, both with their young men's moustaches!) have proved to be inseparable brothers who never leave each other's side, so we really want them to live together if possible, and Molly is happy now that she feels much more comfortable. 
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CCTV images released after August assault

POLICE are appealing for information about a man they would like to speak to in connection to an assault.

 

At around 2.15am on August 31, it is reported that a 21-year-old man was assaulted on Market Hill while he was waiting for a taxi.

 

Police have released CCTV images of the man they would like to speak to in connection to the incident.

 

PC Davey Mitchell, an investigating officer, said: “It is reported that the offender was offering people cash to jump the queue, when the victim challenged him, he was punched in the face.

 

The victim suffered significant facial injuries and has also required extensive dental work as a result of the incident.”

 

If you recognise the man, phone 101 quoting crime reference number 14/131905/20.

 

Bonfire event cancelled

A POPULAR farm has announced that the bonfire night event has been cancelled.

 

Staff at Cannon Hall Farm, Cawthorne made the decision to cancel the event, which was due to take place in early November, because of restrictions surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

 

A spokesperson for the farm said: “We are very sorry to announce that we have taken the decision not to run our annual bonfire.


This is our most long-standing and popular event and one we've worked hard to build over many, many years.


It is a blow - the loss in revenue this event generates will not be easy to overcome but we just do not feel it would be right or responsible to run it at this time.


Thank you to everyone who messaged us about this event and we are so sorry to disappoint you.”

Awareness is not the only thing going up thanks to scaffolders

A SCAFFOLDING company based in Barugh Green has been spreading the word by fitting a Samaritans poster on each house they visit in the borough.

 

Technique Scaffolding, ran in partnership by Damian Baker and Ben Tindale, has teamed up with Barnsley Samaritans to spread awareness of the services the charity provides.

 

The banners will be fitted on the scaffolding at each of the jobs they complete.

 

Damian believes that even if one person is referred to the help-line, it will be beneficial.

 

He said: “We’re a Barnsley business and love meeting local residents and working in the area.

 

“Some people in the borough have been struggling, and the amazing volunteers at Samaritans do valuable work and we wanted to chip in.

 

“From my perspective, I can understand how people can struggle, especially this year. We get about in our job so could spread the word further afield.

 

“It’s only a little gesture, but if it affects at least one person then it’s all worth it.”

 

Grant Fieldsend, of Barnsley Samaritans, has thanked the company for their help in spreading awareness.

 

“This is brilliant visual for our help-line number and a lovely gesture from a local firm wanting to support its community,” he said.

 

“We can all play such a vital part in raising awareness against mental health across our community and that people are not alone with their worries.

 

“If anyone feels they are struggling to cope with day-to-day life experiences, our trained listening volunteers are always here 24/7 on 116123 or by emailing jo@samaritans.org.”

Help keep pets safe in Autumn

AN ANIMAL healthcare company has released guidance to help Barnsley pet owners keep their pets safe this autumn.

 

As the weather draws in, pet welfare company, Nutravet, has released a list of advice for pet owners that could help them to avoid things that are harmful to pets.

 

The list recommends avoiding autumn plants such as leaves, seeds, and acorns which if eaten could be poisonous to pets.

 

Owners are also warned of pumpkin which can make dogs ill if too much is eaten.

 

As the nights draw in, Nutravet has also recommended that both owners and pets wear reflective clothing to keep safe while walking near oncoming traffic.

 

Korina Stephens, a vetenary nurse from nutravet said: “During autumn, it’s important for pet owners to keep an eye on their four-legged friends for any changes in behaviour or health.

 

Halloween and fireworks are a common stress trigger for many pets, and a common reason for owners to visit their vet.

 

Planning ahead and preparing in advance can help to reduce any anxiety for your pets. Keeping Halloween treats away from pets and ensuring they don’t eat things they shouldn’t on walks is important to reduce the chance of poorly tummies at this time.”

'Hero' Martyn delivered thousands of prescriptions and packages in Royston

A HARDWORKING volunteer who has delivered upwards of 900 prescriptions to self-isolating residents across Royston has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award.

 

Martyn Fall, from Royston, has been out every day in his village delivering essentials to residents during the pandemic.

 

At the height of lockdown, Martyn was delivering up to 20 prescriptions each day for those who were unable to access them themselves.

 

The 64-year-old has also amassed more than 1,000 care package deliveries made by community group Royston Watch.

 

Martyn believes it’s all part of doing ‘his bit’ for the area.

 

He said: “I have been a member of the Royston Watch group since lockdown and helped them a little bit here and there.

 

“When the lockdown happened, it spiralled from there in all honesty. I started delivering a few things every day.

 

“But before I knew it, I was delivering more and more with each passing day.”

 

Martyn has been delivering across Royston for the last four months and has praised the community for coming together.

 

“It’s just a case of doing your bit and helping the community when it needs it the most, so knew I couldn’t sit at home without helping out.

 

“I think slowly Royston has started to get its camaraderie and community spirit back as I felt it had lost that.

 

“It has helped me make connections with my neighbours and get to know Royston even better – I’m glad I could do my small part to help.”

 

Martyn’s voluntary work has landed him a nomination in the Community Hero category at this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards.

 

“I’m completely shocked to be nominated. You don’t do it for these reasons, but it’s always nice to know that people think of you.

 

“I’m overwhelmed to know that I’ve had a small impact on someone’s life. Thank you to Royston Watch for its support.”

Young people made 'scapegoat' after spike in covid cases

BARNSLEY’S younger population have been urged to continue following advice to avoid being made a ‘scapegoat’ – after it was suggested they were behind a huge spike in coronavirus cases.

 

Barnsley Council’s public health director Julia Burrows has addressed arguments that younger people are to blame for a recent rise that saw Barnsley’s rate of cases soar from 8.5 per 100,000 to 30.8, before falling slightly to 26.

 

Following the government’s ‘rule of six’ announcement limiting gatherings, health secretary Matt Hancock was criticised after blaming young people for the spread.

 

The majority of recent cases, Ms Burrows said, have been seen in younger people – which may lead to transmission of the disease to more vulnerable groups.

 

However, it’s currently unclear why this is the case – with some suggesting gatherings such as the recent rave at a Barnsley club, subsequently investigated by police, would be predominantly attended by younger people.

 

Others suggest that an increase in testing is behind the spike – with younger people less likely to face hospitalisation and therefore not able to access a test before the introduction of mass testing in May – have been played down by Barnsley Council.

 

Ms Burrows said that she acknowledged the difficulty younger people have faced throughout the pandemic.

 

She said: “Their lives have been affected significantly in many ways – whether through missing out on their education, facing all the stress of GCSE and A level results, or missing out on the full social lives they should have been able to enjoy.

 

And sadly, we know that much of the brunt of the economic damage and unemployment resulting from coronavirus will be felt by our young people for years to come.

 

I know it must be frustrating for them to feel constantly preached at and experience a lot of blame for their behaviour.”

 

Barnsley Youth Council and British Youth Council Steering Group member Dominic Jones urged younger people to continue following the simple rules to avoid being ‘scapegoated’.

 

Simply keeping a distance from others, wearing face coverings in enclosed spaces and washing hands regularly, especially after coughing or sneezing are really easy yet effective ways that people can stop any further spread,” he said.

 

A lot of young people do feel like they are making huge sacrifices in their lives, particularly in their social lives, but actually the return to environments such as schools, colleges and universities is something that they feel is good for them as they can see friends safely and get back to learning and productivity.

 

These are times in which it really is better to be safe than sorry so I hope that young people can take on this responsibility, without being scapegoated and criticised, and help protect society and our country from this illness making further gains and affecting our lives even more.”

Covid testing centre returns to Mapplewell

A MOBILE coronavirus testing centre will return to Mapplewell to help provide tests to those who need it.

 

The walk-in testing centre will be held at Mapplewell and Staincross Village Hall next week.

 

Nick Hibberd, manager of the village hall, said: “The situation has changed since the testing team were last here.

 

People are currently being asked to pre book their test - although last time they did provide some assistance.

 

This isn't due to lack of facilities at the testing sites but simply due to the testing labs being full to capacity - and beyond.


Circumstances obviously 'change by the hour' but at least we don't have to drive 120 miles for our nearest test site.”

 

The testing centre will be open from 10am – 4pm from September 23 to September 27.

 

To book an appointment, click here.

Ella nails her new business
A COLLEGE student has taken the next step in turning her passion for nail art into a business venture following support provided by iTrust - a joint venture between the college, Barnsley Chronicle and The Business Village.
 
Ella White was inspired to start her own business, aptly named ‘Nails by Ella’, after deciding she wanted people to recognise her own work.
 
The student who studied level two nail services, said: ”I have always enjoyed doing practical assessments and working on new clients because it’s a challenge and you have to be prepared for anything. 
 
“Everyone is different and they have different nails so it really broadens my skills.
 
“At first I was a little scared about pursuing my career goals and I didn’t know how to start a business but, because of the Enterprise team, I now know exactly what I have to do and I’m so much more confident.
 
“They have helped me so much, with little things like creating a name and a Facebook business account to accessing in-depth information on how to get insurance.”
 
Ella received a £70 grant from iTrust and has access to a further £180 throughout the academic year as she begins study of level two beauty therapy.
 
Jess Widdowson, enterprise team leader, added: “It’s always a lovely feeling being able to support our students to open their business and for Ella, it was good for her to know that we provide support up until three years after completing her course here at college.
 
“Ella is so driven and passionate about what she does and demonstrates this through the amount of additional courses she has taken to increase her skill set.
 
”I am really looking forward to working with Ella and watching her business grow and develop.”
WellChild awards open to nominations

A YOUNG carer from Barnsley and last year's WellChild Award winner is calling for nominations for next year's awards.

 

William Jones, 17, of Furlong Road, Bolton-upon-Dearne won the WellChild award last year in recognition of caring for his younger brother, James.

 

James was born with complex medical needs and needs to spend a large amount of time in hospital.

 

William trained to nurse his younger brother so that he could help his mum, Michelle to care for James.

 

He was awarded the most caring award last year at a ceremony held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London where he had the chance to speak to the WellChild patrons, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the WellChild awards for 2020 have been postponed but nominations for the awards next year are open.

 

Will had such a fantastic evening at the WellChild Awards in London” said Michelle Jones. “It was such a great experience for us all to be involved in and something we will never forget.

 

It would be terrific for another child or professional from Yorkshire to be a winner.”

 

To make a nomination, click here. Entries close on December 14 at 12 noon.

Barnsley Hospital babies receive big donation

BARNSLEY Hospital’s neonatal unit was donated baby blankets and hats made by local knitters.

 

Staff and patients at Cygnet Aspen Clinic, based in Mexborough, have provided donations and home-made items to Barnsley Hospital and nursing homes.

 

Service users at the rehabilitation service for women joined forces with a local craft group at Mexborough Library to knit and crochet 18 baby blankets and 150 baby hats.

 

These items were donated to neonatal units across South Yorkshire, including Barnsley Hospital.

 

The service users and knitting volunteers spent time together knitting, crocheting and chatting over tea and coffee in the local library.

 

Tracy Deakin, therapy co-ordinator at the clinic, said: “A lot of residents here said to us that it made them feel like they have accomplished something and that they are actually helping somebody as well.

 

“We have received appreciation messages from the hospitals and also got a pack from one of the residents in the nursing homes, just saying thank you for the gifts.

 

“This just makes it all worthwhile.

 

“Hopefully, our charity work makes the local people feel that they are not being forgotten about and are cared for.

 

“It just gives them a feeling of comfort more than anything.”

 

Anne Eagle, another of the therapy co-ordinators, added: “The charity work we have been doing has had a really positive impact on the residents here, especially during the recent lockdown.

 

“It has kept them occupied and busy, and the women have been encouraging one another.” 

 

“Myself and Tracy are very proud of all the hard work that they have put in to provide these gifts for the community and it’s something we look forward to carrying on in the future.

 

“The positive feedback we have received has been amazing and is very rewarding.” 

Young drivers caught driving dangerously

A POLICING team stopped three cars that were driving erratically in the early hours of yesterday morning.

 

The team from South Yorkshire Police Operational Support followed the three cars from Tesco on Wombwell Lane yesterday (September 17).

 

The unmarked police car followed the vehicles as they sped along the roads at Stairfoot roundabout before pulling into the car park in Asda on Old Mill Lane where they were searched by the officers.

 

The driver of a BMW was reportedly under the influence of drugs, and cannabis was found in the car.

 

A spokesperson for the team said: “The BMW was leading the other cars around the route. When a marked police car approached the vehicle with the blue lights on, travelling to another emergency, the driver threw his car into a side street.

 

The three drivers were unaware that the unmarked car was following them and continued driving as though their cars were stolen.”

 

The driver of the BMW was taken into custody under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

 

Sadly, despite his efforts with the young ladies in the other two cars, the only handcuffs he got to be restrained in were applied by our colleague.

 

One trip between two supermarkets will likely have some quite serious consequences for the three drivers involved in terms of the impact on their driving licences and the cost of insurance – made worse by the fact that all three drivers had only passed their driving tests relatively recently.

 

The only silver lining to this whole thing is that those consequences were not as serious as they could have been – thankfully no one was physically hurt.”

Young patients turned young drivers at children's ward

THE children’s ward at Barnsley Hospital is gearing up for the donation of a mini Tesla car so young patients can drive themselves around.

 

The battery-powered kids’ car, which is worth £650, looks and operates exactly like a full-scale Tesla with all the same details.

 

Tesla Owners UK donated the car in a bid to create a fun and calming experience for children and their loved ones before treatments or surgery.

 

Deryn Harvey, Tesla Owners UK mini Tesla programme coordinator, said: “It all started about 18 months ago after a few NHS consultants donated their own mini Teslas to their hospitals and to hospices.

 

“The idea snowballed and as a car club we started collecting donations for mini Teslas when we attended shows like Silverstone Classic and Silverstone Electric Vehicle Show.

 

“In one weekend we raised £13,500 with 100 per cent going to the mini Tesla programme.

 

“Elon Musk himself, who owns Tesla, gave us a substantial donation and we also got a discount from the manufacturers.

 

“We hear about hospitals and hospices that want a mini Tesla via our club members and I call hospitals to see if they would like one.

 

“We also partner with a charity called The Christian Blandford Fund which raises funds for children and their families during prolonged stays in hospitals.”

 

Jane Mills, charity development manager for Barnsley Hospital Charity, added: “We want to say a big thank you to the Tesla Owners UK car club for this wonderful donation.

 

“They have done an amazing job in securing our mini Tesla for the children’s ward and supporting services.”

 

The hospital is due to receive the mini Tesla this Friday.

 

Staff will be shown how to look after the car and how to control the fitted ‘parent-limited speed’ of three miles per hour.

Barnsley Hospice goes orange in latest fundraising campaign

BARNSLEY Hospice is urging people across the borough to wear something orange in support of Hospice Care Week this year.

 

The ‘Go Orange’ campaign encourages people to don a bright orange item of clothing and make a donation to the cash-strapped hospice following the lockdown.

 

Sam Silverwood, fundraising manager, said: “We would really love as many people as possible to organise a day to come together and ‘Go Orange’ this year.

 

“After so much fundraising was severely affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, we’d appreciate every £1 dropped into a pot at a school or a workplace.

 

“We also hope it will give people an opportunity to brighten up one day during Hospice Care Week and bring a smile to each other’s faces after a challenging few months.”

 

Hospice Care Week is organised by Hospice UK and aims to celebrate the work of more than 200 hospices across the country.

 

Sam added: “Whether people don orange tutus and wigs or bright orange flowery tops or ties, ‘Go Orange’ is an opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the hospice’s highly-valued work, as well as raise funds.”

 

The hospice is asking people to share images of their ‘Go Orange’ day on social media.

 

Hospice Care Week runs from October 5 until October 11.

Libraries to take catalogues online

A NEW library management system which will improve the online experience is set to be implemented in the near future.

 

The new online catalogue, provided by Enterprise, allows library members to browse and request books easier - with more control of the library accounts, users are able to renew loans and manage their pin.

 

There will be disruption to Barnsley Libraries online resources from 7am on Monday to Thursday - public access to PCs and printing will be unavailable all week as the changers are made.

 

Coun Jenny Platts, cabinet spokesperson for adults and communities, said: “We continue to improve our library offer for residents so everyone can easily enjoy the wonderful resources we have on offer.

 

“The system downtime will cause disruption to our online offer for a few days, but the benefits that the new system will bring will make using digital resources a better, more enjoyable experience for library users.

 

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and would really appreciate customers’ patience as staff work with a new system, so that everybody can benefit from the improved offer.”

 

For more information, visit the Barnsley Council website. 

Fundraising thanks for Janet

A WOMAN from Pilley who has helped support struggling families in her community during the coronavirus lockdown has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award.

 

Janet Mellor, of Lidget Lane, has been praised for her selflessness after setting up a community fund to help get struggling families back on their feet.

 

The 64-year-old helped to raised £1,000 to be distributed across her community on a food voucher at a local shop.

 

Janet said: “I love my community and knew that I had to do as much as I could to support them during a difficult time.

 

“In our community, I set up a fund to help families who were waiting for benefits or who had lost their jobs to help them get by.

 

“As a community, we raised enough money to support these residents in getting essentials from a local corner shop anonymously.

 

“At this unprecedented time, we wanted to make sure that nobody was without help and support so this was something I felt really strongly about.”

 

Along with her friend Jos Feetham, Janet helped to raised nearly £3,000 for Barnsley Hospice by making face masks for residents.

 

“During lockdown, me and Jos decided we wanted to create our own face masks which at first was a bit of fun.

 

“Then more and more people started asking if they could have one and initially we were giving them away for free.

 

“We soon realised we could charge people for our masks but donate 100 per cent of the proceeds to Barnsley Hospice.

 

“We’ve been quite the pair during lockdown and supported each other, I couldn’t do it without her.

 

“It’s been amazing to raise more than £2,000 for the hospice. It’s such a worthy cause and the masks can help keep us all safe.”

 

Janet’s efforts have bagged her a nomination at this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards in the Community Hero category.

 

“I’m so grateful to be nominated. I can’t quite believe it.

 

“You don’t set out to get attention, I just couldn’t sit back during a time like this – I had to be helping in anyway possible.

 

“I want to thank my local neighbours and residents for their support in return. It means the world to me.”

New car park under construction in Darton

WORK on a new car park is expected to be finished in four weeks, according to council bosses.

 

The highways team began working on the car park on Church Street, Darton last week.

 

The project was funded by the Principal Towns Project and will have space for 33 cars on land that hasn't been used due to drainage issues.

 

A spokesperson for Barnsley Council said: “The project looks to make improvements in the area and has seen additional play equipment, fruit trees, picnic benches, and a walking path added to the park.

 

The work on the car park is expected to last around four weeks.”

Suspects released on bail after death of baby

A MAN and woman arrested in connection to the death of a baby have been released on bail.

 

Yesterday (September 16) a 31-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a four-month-old baby at Barnsley Hospital.

 

Police were called to Barnsley Hospital on May 16 after reports that a baby had suffered catastrophic injuries.

 

The baby girl never recovered from her injuries and her life support was withdrawn.

 

She died at 2.50pm on Monday, September 14.

 

A postmortem was carried out yesterday and the cause of death is currently unascertained and requires further medical enquiries.

 

The man and woman have since been released on bail while investigations continue.

 

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “We continue to appeal to anyone with any information which could assist our enquiries to contact us.

 

Please call 101 quoting incident number 207 of Sept 16.”

Mobile coronavirus testing unit parks up in Monk Bretton

A NEW mobile coronavirus testing unit will be in Monk Bretton today.

 

The pop-up unit has parked up at Rotherham Road Playing Fields car park off Belmont Avenue from today (September 16).

 

There are new slots added every evening (for the next day) and every morning (for the afternoon and evening).

 

Capacity will be constantly be monitored and recalculated.

 

Tests are available only for people who have presented with symptoms of the virus.

 

If you do not have symptoms, but would like a test call 119 or click here.

Police called to road crash in Darfield

POLICE were called to Darfield after a road traffic collision between two cars.

 

The incident happened on the junction of Nanny Marr Road and Doncaster Road, Darfield at 6.55am this morning (September 16).

 

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire police said: “Officers were called to the site after a collision between two cars.

 

No-one was injured and the car was moved so as not to obstruct the road.”

The show must go on for a Thurnscoe nursing home

THE show should hopefully go on for a nursing home in Thurnscoe as staff appeal for costumes and fancy dress items to host this year’s socially-distanced pantomime.

 

The staff at Dearnlea Park Residential Home, on Park Road, will be performing in their own version of Cinderella this Christmas.

 

This is in a bid to entertain residents who would miss out on entertainment due to coronavirus regulations.

 

Kim Davies, the activities coordinator at the home, has appealed to local residents to help with costumes for the show.

 

She told We Are Barnsley: “We wanted to make residents smile after a difficult year for the home and workers.

 

“This way, we can keep residents safe and get them in the festive spirit. 

 

“We’ve got staff from all over the home, including reception, catering and carers that will be playing the fairy-tale characters.

 

“We’re in need of any costumes including ball gowns, bridesmaid dresses, fairy wings and tiaras to make the show go ahead.

 

“We would really appreciate if people could help get behind the show and spread some positive cheer.”

 

If you can help with donations, take them to the reception at Dearnlea Park Residential Home.

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