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Live Reporting

Rob England and Jay Vydelingum

All times stated are UK

  1. Thanks for joining us

    Rob England

    BBC News

    That's all from us for this week's positive news live page.

    But have no fear, we'll be back tomorrow morning at 07:30 with all the latest coronavirus news updates from across England.

    You can check out the BBC's Make A Difference podcast with surprising stories of people across England who are helping others during the coronavirus pandemic.

    In the meantime, stay safe.

  2. Thanks given to the 'Fancy Dress Shopper'

    Lou Glover

    Sue Davies got in touch with us to pay tribute to Lou Gover from Trowbridge who is working tirelessly to support the vulnerable in her community.

    She said: "At the moment she is going out in fancy dress everyday collecting shopping , prescriptions etc to raise money for Alzheimer’s Support.

    "She really is a shining example to everyone."

    Ms Gover is the manager of a Alzheimer’s Support day club, but as the club has had to be closed she is volunteering in a care home and for a community team.

    Sue added: "She’s a very special caring person."

  3. 'Beautiful' bins brighten up collectors' day

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Children at a village in Scotland left a nice surprise for bin collectors by decorating them with rainbows - now a nationwide symbol of support for key workers across the UK.

    Perth and Kinross Council said the displays, on bins around Errol, were "beautiful" and thanked the public for their support.

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    decorated bin
    decorated bin
    decorated bin
  4. Anyone for a game of human skittles?

    Simone Stewart

    Our reporter on the ground

    First there was the #StayAtHome toilet roll challenge to replace football.

    Now people are making up new sports to play in their home, to keep themselves busy during the lockdown.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Making up your own sports at home

    Have you been making up new games to play indoors?

    If so let us know by tweeting us @BBCEngland or by emailing us at england@bbc.co.uk.

  5. Boy, 10, pens coronavirus song

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Markse boy writes song about pandemic

    Ten-year-old Joseph from Markse has written a song looking forward to when life returns to normal after the coronavirus pandemic is over.

    Joseph, who is registered blind and has autism, has always had a passion for music and is completely self-taught.

  6. J.K. Rowling's Covid-19 advice

    Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling says she's been suffering with symptoms consistent with coronavirus.

    She's shared this advice from doctors at Queen's Hospital

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  7. Phil powers to the rescue

    Darts legend Phil "The Power" Taylor has come to the rescue of NHS worker Spencer James in Staffordshire.

    The former world champion said: "After seeing that Spencer had his bike stolen in the local paper, I thought I could do my bit to support our NHS staff and help get him back on the road and in the fight against coronavirus."

    Not only that but he also donated some masks and gloves.

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  8. 'You are just as important as that ventilator'

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: James Cook hospital surgeon urges public

    A surgeon at James Cook hospital has given an insight into a shift at the intensive care unit.

    Barney Green has urged members of the public to listen to government advice and stay at home

  9. Tulip grower's flowers reach doctors treating Covid-19

    Tulip grower Akaki Jeiranashvili

    When a 63-year old tulip grower Akaki Jeiranashvili, known as Uncle Kako spoke to journalists from Radio Free Europe last week, he feared that all his efforts to grow 5,000 tulips had been in vain.

    Georgia's wholesale flower market is closed because of the coronavirus pandemic and his flowers were doomed to wilt. But then something unexpected happened.

    A local artist contacted the farmer, got his account details and set up a crowdfunding campaign suggesting people donate and buy a virtual bouquet.

    Other social media users set up a Facebook group titled "Tulips that wither without us".

    Money started pouring into Uncle Kako's account.

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    Over the weekend, a woman who set up the Facebook group visited the farmer to collect hundreds of tulips and deliver them to doctors treating Covid-19 patients.

    The bouquets arrived with a note saying: "We are proud of you, thank you!".

  10. Police drop in to celebrate another fifth birthday

    It seems five is the age to be during the lockdown as we've spotted another example of police officers doing their part to make a child's birthday particularly memorable this year.

    After emergency crew sang happy birthday to a boy from Buxton today, down in Devon a five year old girl from Paignton was given a similar visit.

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  11. Boxing charity helps feed children

    A boxing charity is helping to ensure children in Manchester are fed during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Maverick Stars is working to combine boxing training and nutrition to combat hunger, inactivity and isolation in disadvantaged areas.

    Maverick Stars Ambassadors [L-R]: Nigel Travis, Danny Wright, Aqib Fiaz, Eric Noi, Thomas McDonagh
    Image caption: Maverick Stars Ambassadors [L-R]: Nigel Travis, Danny Wright, Aqib Fiaz, Eric Noi, Thomas McDonagh

    Although boxing gyms are currently closed due to the pandemic, coaches are still making sure their young members are receiving food packages and training advice.

    The latest Maverick Stars initiative is supported by mental health and homeless charities Manchester Mind and Back on Track Manchester.

  12. School makes face masks for hospital

    Design and technology teachers are making face shields to protect front line medical and care workers.

    Staff at Thomas Adams School in Wem, Shropshire are sending their first batch to the respiratory ward at Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital.

    They are aiming to make 100 shields a day using a laser cutter, polypropylene and acetate sheets.

    Teachers wearing face shields

    Head teacher, Mark Cooper, said: “This is a brilliant use of staff skills and our school equipment to help key workers who are facing exceptionally challenging situations on a daily basis."

  13. TV comedian sets home tasks competition

    Katy Lewis

    BBC News Online

    Comedian Alex Horne, best known for his TV show Taskmaster, has started the hashtag #hometasking on Twitter, giving ideas for creative tasks that all the family can get involved in.

    So far they have included "camouflage yourself and then reveal yourself" and "turn your kitchen into a sporting arena and create the most epic moment of sporting glory".

    Today's task is to "do something extraordinary with a pair of trousers".

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  14. Why local radio's a lifeline for listeners

    David Sillito

    Media and Arts correspondent

    For many people the coronavirus lockdown means relying on friends, neighbours and social media.

    But for those who don't have access to any of that, their local radio station has become a vital tool for support and companionship.

    I visited BBC Sussex to see how the radio station is making a difference.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Local radio a lifeline for listeners
  15. Emergency crews give birthday surprise to 5-year-old

    Rob England

    BBC News

    As pressure builds on police forces to help enforce the lockdown rules across the country, it's nice to see officers still have time to put a smile on someone's face.

    Police and fire crews in Buxton took a brief break from patrolling to wish happy birthday to a 5-year-old boy who "wasn't able to celebrate" because of coronavirus.

    Officers said: "We wouldn't want him to miss out on some birthday fun!"

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  16. Football team gives their fines to NHS coronavirus fight

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    A football team is donating all the money raised from fining players to the NHS to support staff in the fight against coronavirus.

    Cottenham United FC's players have been fined £719 this season for misdemeanours such as missing training or having too many new haircuts.

    The money would usually be spent on a party for the Cambridgeshire players.

    However, this year the team decided to give the money to a charity supporting Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

    First-team manager Chris Hancock said: "All the lads agreed the hospital can use the money much better than we can."

  17. Victoria Derbyshire presents with abuse helpline on show

    With domestic abuse calls up 25% since lockdown, according to charities, BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire took matters into her own hands this morning by reading the news with a helpline number in full view.

    The presenter said she wanted to make sure those in need knew there was someone "right now" available to take their call.

    Victoria Derbyshire
    Quote Message: Two women a week were killed by a partner or ex before the coronavirus crisis - a fact that is shocking enough. Now some will be trapped with a violent perpetrator in self-isolation or lockdown so it’s even more vital to get the helpline number out there. People need to know there is someone right now available to take your call and help if you’re in an abusive or threatening situation. I’d written the number on my hand to tweet a photo of it first thing alongside the new figures from Refuge, and left it on my skin in case it could help any of the millions watching after 09:00 on BBC One.' from Victoria Derbyshire
    Victoria Derbyshire

    For information and support on domestic abuse, contact:

    • Police: 999 press 55 when prompted if you can't speak
    • Refuge UK wide 24-hour helpline: 0808 2000 247
    • Welsh Women's Aid Live Fear Free 24-hour helpline: 0808 80 10 800
    • Scotland National Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriages 24-hour helpline: 0800 027 1234
    • Northern Ireland Domestic Abuse 24-hour helpline: 0808 802 1414

    There is also more information on BBC Action Line.