“Since march I have been reaching out to all residents of Steeple.
Kay’s Nomination: “Kay is an inspiration to us all – she lives in Steeple and has created some wonderful ideas to include the whole village of Steeple safe & happy during lockdown – they have created a free craft stall, book stall, plant stall, she does a weekly collection for the Dengie Food Bank – she doorsteps all houses and collects items. She has been collecting shopping and prescriptions.”
“This year as part of a team we set up the Mayland helpline before the
first lockdown. Leaflets with our contact number were dropped through
every door in our village and we manned the phones, sorting prescription
drop off’s and organising shopping for anyone that was vulnerable and
needed to stay at home. We ran this right till the end of August with
the intention to reopen if necessary.
I also delivered blood to hospitals as part of the Essex voluntary blood
service. We got extremely busy this year and I am very proud to have
played my part. This is a fantastic team that I joined early last year
that supports the NHS and Air ambulance.
I would like to say a big thank you for this nomination, it really feels
nice to be appreciated. I get involved with a lot of things but never
expect praise so this was so out of the blue and a lovely surprise.”
Linda’s Nomination: “Linda always helps out wherever she can. She is involved with the parish council and local community: planting flowers in the village; organising shopping for anyone that needs it during COVID 19; picking up and delivering prescriptions; doing blood running on her motor- bike; keeping us all supplied with essentials from her Avon business; growing veg to supply her neighbours and offering support to anyone she possibly can. She always has a smile to share and is genuinely kind. She makes the village a great place to live! She doesn’t do it for recognition or praise, but certainly deserves it!”
“My name is samantha Tyrrell. I’m 52 and I work in th local Tesco store. During the day I’m full time aunty to my gorgeous nephew Ronnie. When the pandemic hit and isolstion started I looked around and began to realise that there were so many people at home without any help or support. So I posted notes through neighbours doors and anyone I knew who were living alone, offering a shopping service.
I told them to hang a carrier bag on their door if they needed anything.
Each day I would collect the bags and head to morrisons on my son’s bike to collect their shopping. Kathy Vale community champion at morrisons was incredible helping me to fullfill their lists each week.
At this point I realised that there were others putting there lives on the line to help others, and although I cant save lives I wished I could do something to bring a smile to their faces, which is when I decided to start baking.
Every week supplying hospitals nursing homes doctors surgerys fire and rescues and anyone who I felt could do with a thank you, and to bring a smile. My thanks go to all my friends and family who donated the ingredients which helped me keep baking the 2000+ cupcakes.”
Samantha’s Nomination: “Samantha Tyrrell This lovely lady has spent so many hours shopping for numerous households in Maldon delicious treats to various individuals and teams including doctors surgery, broomfield hospital and a young Maldon family who lost their Dad(age about 50) to covid. All this whilst continuing to work at Tesco and look after elderly parents! She is an angel.”
Julia’s Nomination: “I’d like to nominate my friend Julia. From day one of the lockdown she has given hundreds of hours of volunteering time to the community of Maldon ( she volunteers with the CVS / Salvation Army) – picking up peoples prescriptions and delivering them as well as shopping for people who were shielding and delivering emergency food parcels over the past 17 weeks.”
Noeleen’s Nomination: “This lady has so many health issues herself ,yet through lockdown has helped her elderly neighbour by taking her to the doctors, taking her shopping and helping her in whatever she needs help with (all while wearing a mask). She’s also had her grandchildren over to help her children to go back to work. This lady had worked for the NHS for many years before her illnesses. She is such a beautiful soul”