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Just days out of hospital and still recovering at home with a cocktail of tablets, 29-year-old make-up artist Grace Dudley, from Rush Green, describes the unimaginable trauma of spending nine days critically ill from coronavirus at Queen’s Hospital, Romford.

From tattoo artists to pre-schools, businesses across the borough have responded in their droves to Havering Council’s urgent request for personal protective equipment (PPE), to help tackle the coronavirus crisis.

Saint Francis Hospice, which provides essential support for residents affected by life-limiting illnesses, is launching an urgent appeal to help it stay afloat through the coronavirus pandemic.

Gidea Park’s Natasha Sealy shares her whirlwind experience on MasterChef and her culinary plans for post-lockdown.

East London hospitals in Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) and Barts Health NHS Trust have today confirmed 29 more deaths from the virus.

A consultant in the Intensive Care team at Queen’s Hospital has shared his experience from the frontline.

Cemeteries and the borough’s crematorium are closing to the public as of Wednesday, April 8.

Gooshays Police dispersed 20-30 people illegally gathered in Gooshays on Friday night.

Reminiscent of a wartime effort, schools across Havering are pulling together to create and donate PPE (personal protective equipment) as NHS staff continue to report grave shortages.

A well-known and much-loved Brentwood animal sanctuary is appealing for vital support to see it through the coronavirus pandemic.

The council has drawn up a £4.5m package to help residents during the coronavirus crisis.

Following calls for the government to take all rough sleepers off the streets, Havering Council has moved the borough’s registered 10 rough sleepers from the Hope4Havering night shelter.

A temporary mortuary has been constructed in the main car park of the South Essex Crematorium at Corbets Tey, Upminster.

Amid lockdown or self-isolation, there are still thousands of vulnerable young people coming into care who need a home, say Nexus Fostering.

Hornchurch charity WaveLength, along with BBC Local Radio, is teaming up with manufacturers and retailers to offer free radios to the elderly.

“It’s not just on hold, it’s going down,” says Lindsey Horne, a volunteer at Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund.

A young couple have donated £650 worth of chocolate eggs and groceries to hard-working NHS staff.

At a loss at how to keep your dog entertained? Here are our top suggestions for when the whole family has walked him to exhaustion!

A 30-year-old lorry driver from Upminster has been jailed for more than three years after causing the death of a pedestrian in Suffolk.

Wondering how to keep your children entertained and educated during lockdown? Here are seven useful resources to keep them from climbing up the walls.

Havering Council has launched a new free-to-call helpline for residents with urgent needs because of coronavirus.

The Recorder spoke to the chief medical officer of Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust (BHRUT), Madga Smith, on the trust’s response and how the hospital is managing the pandemic.

In a televised address to the nation about how vital it is to stop coronavirus spreading, Boris Johnson announced the public is only to leave the house for shopping, basic necessities, one form of exercise a day, any medical need, to provide care and to go to and from work only where absolutely necessary.

Two weeks later, mass panic buying continues as the possibility of lockdown becomes ever more likely.

While Havering Council is working to ensure emergency plans are in place to keep vital frontline services running, a reduction in nonessential services is taking place in light of the pandemic. Find here the latest changes, as of March 20, and follow the new Living in Havering email bulletin to stay at to date with coronavirus council updates and changes.

It’s Friday, you’ve made it through your first week of isolation without climbing up the walls or killing your cat. Celebrate with our pub quiz! You won’t even know you’re not in a real pub.

People across Havering have pulled together to help the elderly and vulnerable by starting up new initiatives to deliver groceries. Here’s where you can find out what help is available and how you can get involved.

Downing Street has announced the closure of all schools in England from Friday afternoon, March 20.

After the premature death of a Romford former Royal Liberty student, the community is coming together to raise charity funds and take on a new challenge.


The Romford Film Festival kicks off from May 6. Over six days they’ll show 120 films and offer audiences the chance to meet with the filmmakers and producers.

2020 has been described as the “defining year of climate action.”

Your new home extension is bursting with potential, but you may benefit from a helping hand to know how to get the most out of it.

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