• Handpicked Harrogate

With the CoronaVirus precautions requiring those over the age of 70 to stay indoors, we will have a number of people who are feeling isolated and who will have issues getting to the shops, necessary medical, dental and other appointments, collecting prescriptions, and many other things.

We also have a business community that is suffering from reduced footfall.

There has been panic buying which has led to temporary shortages of some goods. We also have vulnerable people in our community such as those in food poverty. These people will not be able to afford to stock up on food and will have to shop more frequently or rely on food banks and the generosity of others. We also have those who are homeless, who will also struggle.

Let’s see what we can do about helping our wider community and our business community.

This blog and the article that will also appear in the Handpicked Magazine, lists the initiatives that are available to people in the local area. Some are provided by our local independent businesses for example, delivering food to those who are in isolation. Others are provided by our lovely local community who are providing their assistance for free. Finally, we have the initiatives that are larger and more organised; food banks and charities that are working to help our most vulnerable people in a more formally organised way.

If you have an initiative, and it does not appear on this list, please email jenni@handpickedharrogate.co.uk with the details of what you are doing, and, if appropriate, who people should contact if they feel they want to help you with your initiative. In this way we can let our community know where to go if they are struggling, who to contact if they want to help, and ensure that no one feels they are abandoned or forgotten.

I will be updating the list on a daily basis so keep checking back to keep up to date with what’s available to you and how you can help support your community. (As people send in more information the resources listed will increase).


Most supermarkets now have caps on the number of multiple items that can be purchased by one person. These range from two to four items depending on scarcity and popularity.

To allow them to restock shelves to ensure better availability most have now brought in restricted opening times and are not open 24 hours.

Aldi 8am - 8pm Mon - Sat 10am - 4pm Sun

Asda 6am - Midnight

Lidl 8am - 10pm Mon - Sat 10am - 4pm Sun

Sainsburys 8am - 8pm Mon - Sat. Sun TBC

Tesco - 6am - 10pm


No change to opening hours but they are restricting purchases to two per customer on some products, including hand sanitiser, soap, tinned goods, pasta, rice, long-life milk, sugar, baby food and nappies.


No change to opening hours but offering extended service to the elderly and vulnerable, including free deliveries.

Supermarkets are setting aside special times for the vulnerable and key workers to shop. These are listed below. PLEASE DO NOT attempt to shop during these times if you are NOT in the categories listed.

Vulnerable people / NHS /Care Workers

Asda Harrogate Each Friday 8am - 9am

Sainsburys - Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 8am - 9am. Dedicated to serving elderly customers, disabled customers and carers. NHS and social care workers are also allowed to shop during this period. In addition, priority will be given for home delivery slots for the elderly and vulnerable. NHS Workers 7.30 - 8am Monday to Saturday. All stores. You need to show your NHS ID

Co-op are giving 6,500 students who would usually get a free meal at the Co-Op’s 25 Academy schools a £20 voucher to use at any Co-Op store.

Delivery of Food

Many of the take outs in the area are on Just Eat or Deliveroo. In addition, we have a variety of local businesses who have moved from cafe service to delivery or take out service for the duration.

Acorn dairy deliver eggs milk, butter, cheese, yogurts and orange juice and more! 01325 466999, they are getting alot of enquiries at the moment, please leave a message and they will get back to you!

Ake and Humphris

Wine and Spirits.

Order via the website or by phone.

Plus, if you are NHS STAFF they are offering 10% off individual bottles of wine 15% off mixed cases of 6 20% off mixed cases of 12 To order please call: 01423 566009

Andy Wills


01423 889407 and willsmilk@aol.com

Artichoke Cafe, Harrogate


Curries are cooked with fresh produce and authentic spicing. Available via Deliveroo, Harrogate Friday and Saturday evenings from Friday the 27th of March.

Bettys Cafe and Tearooms

Cardamon Black

Open for take aways & deliveries Thursday - Sunday. Code "CB786" will give you 15% off as a small thank you. We also have a full off license for drinks delivery.

Please call 01423 31-31-36 from 5pm. NHS workers receive 50% discount.

Cook Food

Delicious frozen ready meals which can be purchased online for delivery. There is also a store on West Park where frozen meals can be purchased if you have someone who can bring them in to you.

Store: 01423 705263

Website: www.cookfood.net

Country Butchers of Harrogate Country Butchers of Harrogate , Offering free delivery service in and around the Harrogate area during the Corona Virus Outbreak ,Tuesday/Friday. Pay on delivery or over the phone . Tel: 01423 502582

Deli Santar

Delivery of bread, deli food and soft drinks. Delivery is free.

Check out their deliery/take out list on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/santardelishop/

Order via Facebook or call 07950667996 / 07507631621


The doughnut shop on Bower Street has now closed its shop but is offering postal delivery services. See the website for details. There's a postal discount code for Harrogate people.

Order online here: https://www.doefoods.com/

DOE has not been in business a year. They will get NO government support. Their doughnuts are utterly delicious so if you are looking for a pick me up, and want to support local, you know where to go.

Drakes Fish and Chips

Fish With A Twist

VE/V/GF Independent fishmongers in Pateley Bridge. Free local delivery for elderly and vulnerable at this time. Plenty of fresh food to go round. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free deli too.

Telephone:01423 711728



Address:40 High Street Pateley Bridge Harrogate HG3 5JU


Fodder on the mooooooove!

Have a home delivery service in Harrogate and Knaresborough. Orders must be placed online only.


Green Ink Leeds

As the van/car is out and about in Harrogate much of the time, if you need something collected and delivered to you because you are isolated at home, get in touch. You do not have to be buying anything from Green Ink to take up the service. 01423 208033

Gridiron Meat

Delivery of meat and Charcuterie.

Call 01756 699212

Harrogate Wines

Closed to passing trade but they are taking orders for delivery.

Keep an eye on their Facebook Page for upcoming details of their mixed six packs.

Call: 01423 522270

Huttons Butchers Knaresborough

Delivery within the Knaresborough area. Free if the order is over £25.

01423 863122

James Waterhouse.

Milk Deliveries. Please contact him via Facebook, where he has published his mobile number: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008430750076

07812 537564

JE Audsley Butchers

Delivery of meat to central Harrogate. Delivery is £1. Call 01423 883501

J G Bellerby

Deliveries to residential addresses. Milk, cream, cheese, bread, fruit and vegetables. Also toilet roll. Cash on delivery or payment over the phone Call today 01423 505 868

KD Fruits

We have fruit, veg and eggs, You can order easily via our website or by phone or text 07837100009- we are looking at adding additional delivery days too www.kdfruits.co.uk

Little Breads

Kings Road, Harrogate

Take out but not delivery at present.

Mackenzie Smoke House Farm Shop

Based in Nidderdale. Home cooked food. Plus they have a farm shop and seem to be reasonably well stocked much of the time. Delivery plus order and collect and they will put it in the car for you.

Call: 01943 880369

Manna Bakery

Bread, milk, butter, fresh fruit and veg and coffee.

Open 8am to 1.30 pm Monday to Friday

Martinez Wine Merchants

www.martinez.co.uk - free delivery of wine in the local area.

McQueens Dairies

Deliver several types of milk, including for allergy sufferers as well as eggs and juice.

0330 20555 205588

Minskip Farm Shop


Fruit & Veg Boxes (3 sizes), Eggs, Baked Goods,Bread, Butter, Milk, Frozen meat, Potatoes

Order Online or phone: 01423329063 ext 1

Mrs Smith's Cafe on Jennyfields

Creating ready meals which can be warmed up. They can deliver and are also able to drop off supplies and assist with other errands as well.

Mykonos Bar and Grill TAKEAWAY & DELIVERY here at Mykonos Bar & Grill on 01423565151.

Also offering free pasta and toilet roll to 60 elderly persons who are unable to get out to buy this themselves (or cannot find it)

Olivers Fish and Chips

Delivery service

Mon - Wed 1130am - 1.45 and 5pm - 9.30pm

Thu 1130am - 1.45 pm and 5pm - 10pm

Fri - Sat 1130 am - 10pm

Sun 4pm - 8.30pm

Option Ve


Delivering food, juices and smoothies within Harrogate. 108 Mayfield Grove HG1 5EY Harrogate, North Yorkshire telephone.

We can possibly deliver further afield for a delivery charge. 07494 111374

Regal Fruiterers on Kings Road

Delivery of fruit and vegetables to local addresses.

Offering delivery to all vulnerable, over 70's and anyone who is pregnant. As they have been inundated with orders they are now offering just three boxes to choose from. See below photo.

01423 509609


Tea, coffee, biscuits and sweets. Delivery is £3.50 or Free on orders over £40

0800 0522440

Roosters Tap Room

Rooster’s Take-Home Taproom includes a 15-strong selection of its core-range of award-winning vegan-friendly beers, four premium quality pub snacks, and details of how to access a specially curated playlist, developed by revered beer writer Pete Brown with each of the beers in mind. In addition, each case includes a Rooster’s embossed beer glass and a pub quiz comprising of 50 questions.

It can be ordered through Rooster’s online shop now for £35.

Roots and Fruits

Offering non-contact deliveries of fruit and veg.




30a King Edwards Drive Harrogate HG1 4HL

Sandwich Deli

On Just Eat and they do deliver.

1 West Lea Avenue, Harrogate

01423 562288

Scran / Fat Badger

Scran restaurant and the Fat Badger are offering takeaway and delivery services based out of the Fat Badger.

01423  505681

20% discount for collection


Sowa Polish Shop

https://www.facebook.com/Sowa.harrogate/ Happy to help - delivery only after 6.30 pm

If someone is in isolation, forced quarantine or works until late hours as a Key worker - drop us a message or call us 07401925959 - if possible we will deliver the goods in Harrogate

Steenbergs in Ripon

Mail order groceries, mainly organic but includes great staples such as beans, pulses, rice and pasta, noodles and store cupboard ingredients. You can find them here:


The Mother Shipton Inn

They have stopped their takeaway service but will continue to provide their boxes of essential food items at £15 each. They contain, 2 litres of milk, 6 eggs, 6 rashers of bacon, 6 sausages, a large loaf of thick sliced bread, 250g of butter, a large pack of spaghetti, a 300g pack of rice, beans and 200g of cheese. We are offering this at cost price and can deliver locally with a smile! Stay safe and look after each other.

To make it a little easier please let us know the day before you need it so we can get organised. ♥️

Sam and Tony

Thug Sandwich

Thug Sandwich on Albert Street are working on a contactless delivery scheme. We haven't got all the details of this yet.

01423 569307

Yorkshire Lean Meat

Home delivery of meat and no delivery charge. At the time of writing there was an offer on chicken fillets too. The Stables, Home Farm, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, LS24 8BW 01937 326004

Delivery of Household items and toiletries/cleaning items

French Soaps

French Soaps do mail order and have anti-bacterial soaps in stock.


Public Transport

The Harrogate Bus Company is now running to a Saturday timetable on most of its services from Monday to Saturday, and normal Sunday timetables on Sundays. North Yorkshire County Council has made changes to its National Concessionary Travel Scheme so pass holders can use services before 9am. Usually, passes cannot be used between 6am and 9am. Bus travel is also free if you are a volunteer supporting those who are in isolation.

As at 24th March, the amended bus timetables for some of the services are as follows:

36 - Reduced to every 30 minutes between #Leeds and #Ripon.

7 - Reduced to hourly between #Leeds, #Wetherby & #Harrogate.

8 - Saturday service between Harrogate & Wetherby via #Knaresborough

Education and Information

For Children:

Premier League Primary Stars

Maths, English and PE based on National Curriculum.


Messy Play and Homework Help

Our lovely member, Emma, from Splat Messy Play in Harrogate is a trained teacher. Whilst the Messy Play sessions are not currently taking place, Emma has offered to answer any queries you may have while you are home-schooling/remotely/digitally educating your children. If you need assistance with understanding something that has been assigned for your child, or if you need more resources, just give Emma a shout. She is trained in Early Years all the way to 11 years old.

Message her on Facebook for anything you may need however small it may feel to you. Here is the link you need.

Emma is also hiring out the tuff trays, tubs and some of the toys as well as preparing Play Dough so your children can experience messy play in their own home (or garden perhaps)

Maths for Children aged 4-11 from Carol Vorderman

Free during the school closures. usually £2 a week.


Grove Road School

This local school has it's own YouTube channel to help students stay on top of their schoolwork and anyone can join in. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHDXStqWOqIGyfhvahV0giw/videos

Steve Backshall

Wildlife Chat on Steve's YouTube channel teaching children about wildlife and ecology.


PE For Kids via YouTube

The body coach is running PE sessions for kids every day. Find out more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6r99N3kXME

PE for Kids from Fiit Like A Girl

Local company Fiit Like A Girl run by Vicky Little are offering low cost fitness classes you can do at home. Suitable for the whole family and includes mindfulness too.

Find out more here:


PE and education from Total Sports

PE and other educational and fun activities for kids. Available on Facebook.


There's an App for That

There truly is an app for most things. It really isn't possible to give an exhaustive list but notable apps that we came across in our research include:

Epic - for children's learning

Kahoot - free for kids and teachers - allows you to set and answer tests.

Khan Academy - kids learning

For Adults:

TED Talks

Available on may subjects and can be fascinating.

Always wanted to read a particular business or self help book? There are precis on line of many of the most popular books.


Available on just about every subject imaginable. These are a great way to learn new things and keep your mind active at the same time.


Wide range of training and development courses, most at a reasonable cost. Why not learn that skill or tech package you've been meaning to master? You can sometimes find coupons for money off the courses if you look on line.


Things to do when you are in isolation

Chat and Banter

The fabulous Paul Fogarty, alias @AperitifGuy on Twitter is holding a virtual neighbourhood social on Twitter for anyone who fancies a bit of company. The socials will take place from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm Monday to Friday. Just use the hashtag #AperoTime to join in. If you aren't sure how to take part but want to do so, check out the Handpicked blog "Tips for Twitter Hour Success" here: https://www.handpickedharrogate.co.uk/post/2019/05/31/tips-for-twitter-hour-success

The blog is written for business networkers but the principles are the same for a social event. Paul's event is NOT a networking hour. Just a social so people can talk and feel connected. No pressure just join in as much or as little as you want to.


Unfortunately, our lovely local bookseller, Imagined Things, has had to close her mail order for the moment. A certain very large on-line retailer continues to sell books but please do consider returning to purchasing from Imagined Things when this is over.


Destination Venus are selling comics which they can post to you for free within the Harrogate/Knaresborough area. Contact: 07399 703891


Virtual Church Services will be launched on the BBC Local Radio on Sundays.

Crafts and Activities Handpicked Member, Glasshouse Studio in Knaresborough offers take away glass kits so you can make your own beautiful glass at home. You can find out more and order the kits here:


Fine Fabrics of Harrogate

Mail order of fabric is available via the website so you can keep sewing throughout.

If you are local and would like to collect from the shop on a Thursday please place your order via the website press the collect button and your order will be prepared and passed over the threshold on Thursday morning. If you need it delivering send a message via the website. Deliveries on Thursday afternoons. Please give a mobile number and address. Your order will be dropped on your doorstep you will be texted so you can retrieve it.

If you do not see what you require on the website, message to see if they have it. Not everything is on the website. The Great British Sewing Bee is on its way, so if you are planning to do the challenge, why not consider getting your fabric from this lovely local store.

Games Crusade

Local games retailer who offer mail order. They stock jigsaw puzzles, toys and arts and crafts supplies including decoupage and foam clay. Perfect to ensure kids have fun whilst learning during their time away from school. You can find them online here


For those on a really restricted budget for whom purchasing books is not feasible, you can download a wide range of E-books for free on most platforms (Kindle, and iBooks in particular). You don't need a Kindle to read them. You can download the app onto your smart phone or tablet and read them from there.

Audio Books

Whilst the schools are closed, Audible are making lots of their audio books free to download. Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.


Library Books - Remotely

You can use your North Yorkshire County Council library card details to access magazines, comics, e-books and audio books for all different ages and interests FREE online on the library website, all you need is your library card and PIN number to register.

Newspapers are also available to read online via the library, plus children's reading books, comics, audio books and more.



There are thousands of brilliant videos on YouTube ranging from the educational to the more amusing. Some ideas include:

Learn a new craft - you can learn to knit or crochet, and Yarn Etc can supply the yarn and needles/hooks by mail order.

Work out. There are simply thousands of work out videos available on YouTube including those that use no equipment; think Pilates or yoga (lie on a rug if you haven't got a mat) for more gentle exercise, all the way up to really hard workouts that will tone every bit of you.

Fitness for Adults

There are lots of workouts available on YouTube and plenty of apps available too.

Learn a new skill

Whether you want to gain more experience with social media so you can market your business better, learn something that you've meant to get a grasp on for ages, or learn something like drawing, painting, playing the guitar (assuming you have one that you bought but never quite mastered). You can learn cookery and cocktail making too. I'd recommend the Aperitif Guy who is new to YouTube but showcases some fabulous cocktails that are easy to make.

Online Jigsaw Puzzles.

This is a favourite of Handpicked Senior. Try Jigsaw Planet as they have puzzles suited to kids and adults.


This really old game is surprisingly addictive and there are many variants. You need one pack of playing cards for most variants. (other card games are available).

Board Games

So many to choose from, but family favourites include Monopoly, Scrabble and Cluedo.

Make a Den

Push the sofa toward the radiator or another similar height piece of furniture. Balance the clothes airer over the two securely so it can't fall on your child. Throw the blanket over the top leaving a "flap/door" at the back and front. The children can then have tea parties in the den.

Help around the House

Particularly useful for older children and a good way for them to earn some money for doing chores such as vacuuming, dusting, car washing or the dreaded washing up. Possibly a bit of light cooking too. Perfect if you are working from home and a great way for them to learn new skills.

Colouring books -for adults and kids

These can be very calming if you are feeling stressed. There are many available online. Try Etsy for some really lovely ones with a range of themes including mindfulness, mythical creatures, animals and mandalas.

Etsy is a site used by small businesses and there are lots of great ideas for things to do on the site. Puls, I am sure these small businesses will appreciate the support right now.


There's an App for That

There truly is an app for most things. It really isn't possible to give an exhaustive list but notable apps that we came across in our research include:

Epic - for children's learning

Kahoot - free for kids and teachers - allows you to set and answer tests.

Khan Academy - kids learning

Houseparty - play games by video for up to 8 players.

Pet Rescue Saga - rather addictive game. Also available, a range of other sagas and games from King, including Farm Heroes Saga. Just make sure you've disabled in app purchases if you let your kids play with these.

Business Support

ACAS Advice for Employers

ACAS have published a useful guide for employers which you can access

Deep Blue Telecom

Our lovely members, Deep Blue Telecom are experts in all things communication and have a wide range of ways to facilitate easy communications with your team during this difficult time. They are offering existing customers update training on their Horizon and InBound platforms and offer a range of options for new clients to start to home work too. You can contact them by phone, 0333 240 9100 or sign up to their newsletter where they are giving useful hints and tips about home working. You can sign up to that on their website here. Just scroll to the bottom to sign up.

Green Ink

Delivering ink cartridges to home or office to ensure you can continue to work efficiently whether your staff are working at home or in the office. It's a great service and very responsive. They are the Handpicked Ink provider of choice.


Harrogate telecoms business Xi Comms has responded to the threat of coronavirus by offering a free conference call number to local businesses making it easier for workers to base themselves at home during the outbreak. The company is offering the facility to local businesses for three months so that they can continue to hold meetings when staff are working remotely or self-isolating.

Tony Mellor of Xi Comms said the aim was to support Harrogate’s business community through the coronavirus crisis and that companies did not need to be a client to qualify. Contact XiComms on 0330 333920

Advice on how to successfully participate in a video call.

This great blog from Lynda Fussell at Dales Consulting gives tips and techniques if it is something you aren't very familiar with.


Federation of Small Business

Have an On Demand webinar available for any business owner to watch. It covers

Staff protection

Keeping your employees safe

Finance: Access to funding and credit

Business continuity: what you can do immediately to secure your firm

Check it out here:


Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber have published a survival guide for business which is given below.

  • Take urgent action to look at all your costs for the month. Identify those that you don’t need – Usually the nice things in life sadly. Arrange to stop these fast, this reduces the outgoings and when you find yourself going to a Bank or other for a loan you will at least be able to show financial prudence.

  • Ask your staff, if you have any, for help – help is what we all need to go forwards. Let them understand that a negotiated reduction in hours may help you save your business and, ultimately, their jobs

  • Ask for time to pay things like rent, mortgage etc perhaps a three-month period where by they can be put on hold.

  • Look at what you can do to make your business more approachable or appealing to the customers who are out there

  • If you really can’t see a way through or feel it would be better to close for the duration or forever, Please get advice from – your accountant, bank or any other professional person associated with your business

  • Don’t go to Facebook or social media and ask for advice – remember they don’t know any more than you do

  • If you decide to take a break as your customers cant get to you, but are going to come back stronger than ever

  • Take the time now to plan and do those things you never seemed to have time for

  • Marketing plan, paint the office, design a new website, develop a new product…. What ever it may be to ensure you are ready and waiting to strike when the time comes

Cooking on a Bootstrap

Jack Monroe, food campaigner, ex-foodbank user and generally amazing human being, has written five recipe books which provide nutritious and varied meals using basic ingredients, with notes suggesting substitutions where ingredients cannot be sourced.

For those genuinely in need, she provides recipes for free on her website here:


For those who can afford the books, they can be purchased on the website but are also available to order through Imagined Things bookshop and via Amazon. But please consider supporting Jack herself and Imagined Things if you can possibly afford to do so.


The Money Advice Service:

Free and impartial money advice


BBC Explanation of Support Available from Government dated 24 March 2020


Money Saving Expert - Regularly Updated resource relating to most financial questions


Government Support for Businesses affected by the Coronavirus

This is the latest fact sheet from the Government information service as at 20 March 2020 1524 hours.


A dedicated helpline has been set up to help businesses and self-employed individuals in financial distress and with outstanding tax liabilities.

Call HMRC’s dedicated helpline on 0800 0159 559.

Agriculture and Farming

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution is farming’s oldest and largest charity and offers financial support, practical care and guidance to farming people of all ages.

For help and advice call their freephone helpline on 0808 281 9490

or visit: https://rabi.org.uk


0808 808 4000

NHS Advice

Practical help and handling the feelings that money worries will bring.


StepChange Debt Charity


How you can help your community

Enid Taylor

Created printed postcards which you can put through neighbour’s doors to let them know that you are able to help them whilst they are in isolation.

Food Banks

The local food banks will become increasingly important. If you can spare food and get it to the food bank, or someone can take it there for you, this would be very much appreciated. Our local food banks are:

The Trussell Trust. Westmoreland Street. 01423 553812

Mowbray Community Church 01423 501821 I believe this food bank is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays but do call to check in case they are opening at different times during the crisis.

Granary Investment Partners. 12 Granby Road. 01423 531869

You can also donate food at the following locations:

Waitrose and Partners - they have a basket near the door

Asda. They have a trolley near to the door also.

Coop on Jennyfields - basket

Life Destiny Church, Starbeck, behind the Methodist Church

Christ Church near Empress Roundabout has a collection basket.

Harrogate Homeless Project

For the foreseeable future they are restricting the donations they can accept, so as not to put our vulnerable service users at any extra risk, and further prevent the spread of the virus.

They DO need: - sealed food (both fresh and nonperishable). - long-life milk - sealed toilet roll - cleaning products - hand sanitiser - hand wash They cannot accept ANY other donations and this includes: Furniture, clothing, bedding, opened or uncovered food. Reduced staffing levels mean they cannot collect donations and can only accept donations at the doorstep at Bower Street. There is an intercom. Please press the bell and step away if you wish to donate any of the accepted list of items.

Help The Frontline NHS Staff

Facebook Group: Supplies For Key Workers In and Around Harrogate

This group is coordinating efforts to support hard pressed staff. You can find out more, and find out how to help, here:


They are working with Harrogate Hospital and community Charity (see below) to ensure donations get to the right place. Our own lovely members, Vivido, are involved with the group.

How you can donate to Harrogate hospital

Statement from Sammy Lambert, Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity Manager: "While the Trust is extremely grateful for all the kind donations it is receiving from the community and individuals, we must stress the importance of following the donation procedure to allow us to properly co-ordinate where donations are sent.

"All donations, from individuals and businesses, must be directed to the Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity Fundraising Team, who will coordinate their distribution to acute and community locations, and ensure proper thanks can be given.

"This will allow us to be sure the donations are given to areas most in need at the given time across the hospital and wider community. It is also important in controlling the spread of infection as we can monitor who is coming into the Trust and what is being distributed.

"The HHCC Team can be contacted on 01423 557408 or hdft.hhcc@nhs.net. Please do not donate direct to wards, acute locations, departments, etc. If you or anyone you know wishes to make a donation to any part of the Trust please get in touch using the above details.

Emotional Wellbeing

Just ‘B’, part of Saint Michael’s, has launched the Hear to Help helpline to provide support and advice to those who are feeling anxious or struggling with their emotional well-being. Hear to Help will be available to everyone between 8am-8pm, seven days a week, and will be staffed by specialist support workers. The service starts on Monday March 23 at 8am, by calling (01423) 856 799.

Headspace App. Helping you to practice mindfulness.

Meditation practice via YouTube

Guided meditations are available via YouTube allowing you to choose the area you want to focus upon, and the type of voice you want to hear.

Support in an anxious time

Jane Keogh, Positive Mind and Success Coach is providing videos and positive messages to help people through the current situation. You can find them here on Facebook.


Pensioners buddy line

01423 531490 / 0753 5508043 (from 23rd March)

Supporting Older People

Telephone befriending and practical support in the Harrogate and Knaresborough area to any older people who are self isolating. If you know anybody who would benefit from this service please telephone us on 01423 531490 or 07535508043. If you would like to volunteer please get in touch! A regular phone call from a friendly, trustworthy person can make a huge difference to someone who is feeling isolated and lonely.

Chat and Banter

The fabulous Paul Fogarty, alias @AperitifGuy on Twitter is holding a virtual neighbourhood social on Twitter for anyone who fancies a bit of company. The socials will take place from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm Monday to Friday. Just use the hashtag #AperoTime to join in. If you aren't sure how to take part but want to do so, check out the Handpicked blog "Tips for Twitter Hour Success" here: https://www.handpickedharrogate.co.uk/post/2019/05/31/tips-for-twitter-hour-success

The blog is written for business networkers but the principles are the same for a social event. Paul's event is NOT a networking hour. Just a social so people can talk and feel connected. No pressure just join in as much or as little as you want to.


Hearing Aids/Repairs

From Monday 23 March all Hearing Aid Repair Clinics will be closed. There is a postal service for batteries and/or tubing replacements and they can send out information on how to replace tubing and slim tubes if required.

Please call 01423 553320 or email hdft.audiology.dept@nhs.net.

NHS Information regarding Coronavirus



Pharmacy 2 U provides an online prescription ordering service via your doctor. You do need to register for this but your prescription will then be sent by post.

Prevention of Infection Spread

Clean your hands often. Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Keep 2 metres away from others when possible. If you feel unwell, stay at home when you can. Listen for orders from your local government to stay at home. Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow.

Organisations that can help

Resurrected Bites has had to close it's pay what you feel cafe but is in the process of setting up a system of food parcels. We don't have the details yet but will bring them to you when we do.

Other sources of Information

Other Blogs

This great blog post from The Harrogate Girl lists a number of resources that are available locally including many not listed above. Well worth a read.


Covid Cooperation Harrogate Group on Facebook


You can volunteer, offer support and they are compiling a list of those who are in need to ensure they get what is needed whilst they are in isolation.

Stray FM

Have a list of essential services, with essential being defined in terms of the Government Guidelines. Currently this is:

  • Supermarkets and other food shops

  • Pharmacies

  • Post offices

  • Banks

  • Health shops

  • Petrol stations

  • Pet shops

  • Newsagents

  • Bicycle shops

  • Home and hardware shops

  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners

  • Garages

  • Car rentals

Any service that is not able to shut down and is deemed absolutely essential. If you can't find what you need here on the blog , then try this link.


National Telephone Support Lines

In addition to those listed on the Handpicked Useful Numbers page these numbers may also be of use. Most are Freephone numbers:

Age Concern: 0800 009966

Macmillan Cancer Support: 0808 808 00 00

CAP (Christians Against Poverty) - Help with debt and addiction. 0800 328 0006

Carers Line (Carers UK) 0808 808 777

NHS 111 - staffed by nurses and able to provide healthcare advice and support

Parentline Plus - Practical information and support for parenting. 0808 808 2222

Samaritans - confidential emotional support for anyone in crisis. 08457 90 90 90 local call rate

Saneline - Advice for those facing mental health problems. 0845 767 8000

Scope - Network of disability information and advice. 0808 808 3333

Shelterline - advice and support for those facing housing problems. 0808 800 4444


Competitions and Markets Authority

If you see a shop or online retailer that has inflated prices to take advantage of the current crisis (profiteering) or a company making misleading claims about protection products, please report this to the Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) you can find the details here:

Email general.enquiries@cma.gov.uk

General enquiries 020 3738 6000

You should also note that private individuals who buy up stocks of products that are in demand and re-sell these at inflated prices can also be investigated by the CMA.

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