Nuneaton nurse’s KFC cook son donates leftover chicken to hungry health workers

By Alexander Hodgkins-Jones

Key workers at The George Eliot Hospital (GEH) in Nuneaton were served a finger-licking good lunch today (TuesMAR24) after a nurse’s son donated KFC to hard-working health staff.

Kurtis Smith, an employee at Nuneaton’s KFC branch, decided to cook up and donate chicken which would have otherwise been chucked out due to the restaurants’ nationwide closure yesterday (MAR23).

Proud mum, Debbie Smith, a nurse at the GEH, said: “It’s the best idea he’s ever had in his life!

“He knows how difficult it has been for me and the other staff at the hospital. He thought rather than put all of that chicken in the bin he would donate it to the doctors and nurses – and secretaries.”

Kurtis has been a busy lad, also handing out the cooked chicken to charities in the Nuneaton area.

The random act of kindness was welcomed by staff currently rushed off of their feet in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Jackie tucking into a donated fried thigh

“It’s a lovely thing to do. I’m glad that food didn’t go to waste and I have to admit I do love KFC,” said medical manager Jackie Marshall.

KFC joined other big-name fast-food restaurants by closing all of its branches across the UK yesterday (MAR23) in response to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.

The sudden closures mean millions of meals will go to waste.

With the latest government measures, it could be weeks, or months, before fast-food lovers get a chance to devour a KFC bucket or pinch some popcorn chicken again.

Kurtis wasn’t the only one donating food for hungry GEH workers, cold meats and veg from Brakes’ Wholesalers, in Tamworth, were also on the menu.

“Kurtis wanted to help in whatever way he could,” said Debbie.

“I’m really pleased that he did.”

The show must go on: Photography event given new dates

By Alexander Hodgkins-Jones

The mid-March Photography Show was one of many events cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, but savvy snappers can now rejoice as new September dates have been announced.

Organisers have informed attendees via email that the annual Photography Show will now take place from 19-22 September 2020 at the National Exhibition Centre, in Birmingham.

Originally scheduled for March 14-17 at the NEC, the decision to postpone the exhibition was made before any specific government advice around mass gatherings, after concerns were raised by staff.

More than 30,000 visitors were expected over the four-day event, meaning a significant risk to the health and safety of those attending and people manning the hundreds of stalls.

Jonny Sullens, Head of Events for The Photography Show, told Digital Camera World: “Our aim is to make sure the UK photography community does not lose another event this year. It is important we give visitors a chance to get hands-on with the latest equipment.”

The latest gear is showcased at the event

Passionate amateur photographer Hannah Fellowes, who had weekend tickets, welcomed the announcement.

“I was so excited to go, but with so many stalls and photographers from all over the country crammed into one room, I understood why it was cancelled at the time.

“I’m pleased the cancellation is now just a postponement.”

All tickets for the original event are transferrable to the new dates.

The knock-on effect of the date change may mean some scheduled talks and educational sessions will be altered.

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One of the many talks from last years bumper Photography Show

The Photography Show in September will be the seventh edition of the event, where enthusiasts and pros alike can come together to see the latest gear and hone their shooting skills.

De Montfort University announces campus closure after government coronavirus lockdown

By Oliver Taylor

De Montfort University is closing its campus at 3pm today (March 24) following Boris Johnson’s lockdown announcement last night.

Bede House will remain open until 5pm today to facilitate students needing to use the loan laptop scheme.

The Library in Eric Wood building and Riverside Café had planned closures for a later date, but these closures are being brought forward to today. Essential services will remain open during the closure.

Interim Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andy Collop told students via email: “I want to express my sincere thanks for the way that you have all responded to this crisis and the patience and understanding that you have all shown in transitioning to a new way of studying and learning.

“None of us have experienced anything remotely close to this before so we really are in uncharted territory.

“At this time, the most important thing is that we all closely follow Government advice to stop the virus spreading so that our loved ones and the wider community remain safe and well.

“Finally, I would like to say a big thanks for the way all of you have adapted so quickly to such a profound change to the way you study and live your lives.

“I am incredibly proud of the way our students are playing their part in the national drive to protect public health.

“Please do all you can to stay safe and well until we are able to return to normality.”

The university has also set up a closed Facebook group. This will allow students to remain up to date with the latest announcements and guidelines, as well as talk to one other about who is still at DMU, sharing experiences and tips for dealing with the situation.

The link to the Facebook group can be found here.

Dear Albert rehabilitation centre continues support amid coronavirus crisis

By Oliver Taylor

Leicester’s Dear Albert drug and alcohol rehabilitation and detox centre will continue to offer support amid the coronavirus crisis.

Despite all support groups being suspended until further notice, face-to-face support will be provided for people not showing any symptoms of COVID-19.

Assistance is also being provided via helpline at 0800 830 3646, email at, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Dear Albert is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation and detox centre located on Humberstone Gate in Leicester.

The centre was founded by Jon Roberts, who had previously struggled on the streets of Leicester to find money to buy drugs and alcohol.

Leicester gym chains to freeze payments during Coronavirus outbreak

By Samuel Gill

Gym chains were one of the latest to close this past Friday (MAR20) alongside pubs, leisure centres, clubs, theatres, cinemas and restaurants in new measures announced by Boris Johnson in order to tackle COVID-19 also known as Coronavirus.

This led to potential worry from customers due to the amount of time that the pandemic could last and as a result, gym chains taking money from customers still during this.

These worries have been confounded though with many of the large chains committed to pausing members’ payments including PureGym which has two locations in Leicester (St Georges Way and Walnut Street).

When gyms reopen, payments will be credited by any outstanding amount from their current subscription and classes/workouts will be launched on their app.

Other chains to announce this move include Virgin Active, David Lloyd Clubs, The Gym and Fitness First with many helping customers out in these uncertain times.