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Little Lauren lights up the lockdown as St James leads Coronavirus fightback

St James’ youth worker and St James’ Swifts president Damien Lindsay told the Andersonstown News that it was “great to see so much community spirit in the area”. “A lot of residents joined in Thursday’s appreciation applause for the NHS and this is a way of showing more support to the wonderful staff and health […]

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Relief effort races ahead as SPAR Craic 10k goodie bags go to lockdown families, courtesy of Andersonstown Social Club

For 1700 elderly and vulnerable people enduring lockdown, it’s the perfect way to start an at-home exercise programme — get a runner’s goodie bag without having to even lace up your gutties.  It might sound like an April Fool’s Day prank but the gift bags are real and come from the organisers of the postponed […]

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As global supply of vital oxygen cylinders dries up, pharmacist calls for return of life-saving equipment

A local Community Pharmacy has issued an urgent appeal for the return of empty and unused oxygen cylinders in the face of growing numbers of people contracting the coronavirus. Pharmacies across the North are dealing with a shortage of the cylinders which are used by patients with chronic respiratory conditions and in end-of-life care. Michael […]

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Belfast Businessman who moved first to defend staff against coronavirus blasts failure to test medical staff as “scandalous”

A Belfast business leader who launched a successful  fundraising appeal for supplies for frontline health workers – which has raised almost £100,000 –  says the failure to carry out Covid-19 testing of medical staff as they finish shifts is “scandalous”. And Danny Moore, who heads up international tech company Options, also blasts the authorities for […]

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West community champions band together to support vulnerable during Coronavirus Crisis

A West Belfast-based support group has brought together a wide range of local volunteers including healthcare workers, shop employees and teachers to offer practical assistance to a community which has been rocked by the Coronavirus crisis. Teacher Rachel Armstrong and friend Rachael Braniff, founders of the Covid-19 Community Support (West Belfast) Group, have already attracted […]

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Beech Hall Centre designated as Coronavirus assessment hub

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust has set up a Coronavirus assessment centre in West Belfast. Beech Hall Health and Wellbeing Centre on the Andersonstown Road has been designated as a Covid-19 assessment centre to ensure that there is sufficient capacity in the health system to deal with the anticipated increase in demand for those […]

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