The new A&E Department at York Hospital, costing £18 million, was opened by senior sister Margaret Locker. The unit included an eight-bed resuscitation area, 12 assessment and treatment cubicles, a safe room for mental health patients, and a suite for potential infectious diseases. Dr. Steve Crane praised the new facilities. City of York council launched a campaign to fund free school meals for primary school children in deprived areas and revealed a strategy to make York the first anti-racist city in the North. York’s local historian, Van Wilson, passed away at 70, remembered for her insightful books on the city’s history. Ellyn Rungay, girlfriend of former boxer Cam Shaw, gave birth to their son, Jesse. The city mourned the death of James Walker, who had been homeless, remembered as a skilled electrician battling personal demons. Debate arose about homelessness in the city following his tragic death. Additionally, controversy surfaced over a hand-painted sign on the Old York Tea Room, and Ukrainian teenager Oleksii Umanets achieved seven GCSEs after studying in a bomb shelter.
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