This category is for a special award to celebrate the efforts of a nominee who truly went 'Above & Beyond' in their efforts to serve the Maldon District Community during the first Lockdown of 2020.
All members of the teams that worked tirelessly to provide support for our community during Lockdown deserve recognition, but this category was created in response to the nominations received for individuals who played a major role within their teams, whether that be in leadership, maintaining morale or taking on additional responsibilities.
This category is about Single Acts of Kindness, of which there were many during Lockdown, but the people in this category have been nominated for kindness that made a stand out difference to the recipient of their act.
An award for the teams within businesses and organisations who faced down the challenges of operating during Lockdown by adapting and restructuring, sometimes redeploying staff in roles where they could support the community best.
The nominees for this award are the selfless pillars of our communities, putting others before themselves and going out of their way to make a difference to the people who live in their streets and beyond.
With schools closed during Lockdown, most young people could be forgiven for being distracted. However the nominees in this category displayed great awareness, compassion and empathy during difficult times that far outstrips their age group.
Charities found it hard with traditional fundraising events being postponed or cancelled during lockdown. This category is for those who gave their time to raise money for the organistions on the front line of the pandemic.
From local Facebook pages set up to share reliable information on Covid19, small scale manufacture of PPE for the community or utilising video conferencing software to keep groups in touch, the Technology Award nominations went to those who have used digital or technical means to help the Maldon District community during Lockdown
The nominees in this category helped or inspired others to stay fit during Lockdown with socially distanced sports for young people, virtual park runs and even online zumba for the most vulnerable.
From sewing scrubs for the NHS to face coverings for the community or keeping the community choir singing, all the nominees in this category used their creative skills to make a difference to many.