Local heroes who deserve our thanks
We’re compiling a list of people who we think deserve a big pat on the back and thank you, for all the work they’ve done for our community during the last few months.
During lockdown we wrote about many of the people and businesses listed below; you can read the articles on our website. Look under the Coronavirus section.
Some have gone above and beyond their normal work practise, others have volunteered their time and energy to help the vulnerable in our community. We think they deserve praise for their tireless efforts. This is by no means a finished list – who else do you think deserves to be thanked?
Health Care services
Grange Care Home: The Ambler was told, “The whole team deserve medals! Some slept there for days to provide care for residents. Dedicated and caring they are a fine example of ‘local heroes’” The Health Centre were regularly thanked for their service during the last few months, not least when Dr Pettifer left the practice at the end of April. Cromies pharmacy team received a lot of praise for their diligence during lockdown
Community groups and individuals
Rachel Cook’s name is usually first when we ask who to thank. The Isolation in Amble & Surrounding Areas support team have provided unstinting help for vulnerable people in our community. Audrey Jones, daughter Jacqui and her family helped to brighten up the town, and thank key workers. They created an ‘NHS tree’ and started the Amble stone snake. The Amble Food Bank team were busier than ever during lockdown, delivering over 20 food parcels a week.
The Dry Water Arts team supported people with dementia and their carers via phone calls, deliveries of food & medications, as well as providing online movement and yoga activities, and they also began a sewing group, making PPE. Mary Davidson’s name came up whenever we asked who we should include on this page. She helps with more groups than we can list here! Lynne Morelli was also suggested more than once, due to her tireless help with the Foodbank and the Isolation support group.
Kind hearted Julie Baxter never stopped baking during lockdown, delivering free home made cakes and scones to local people in need. Every week throughout lockdown, talented florist Moira Angus donated a beautiful bouquet to other local heroes who were nominated on Facebook. Teachers at JCSC sourced materials and made protective visors, with help from colleagues at Duchess’s Community High School.
Staff at Hadston House delivered 60-90 hot meals per day to people in Amble and the surrounding area. Kevin Rutherford and his team pulled out all the stops with free deliveries of essential goods to the local community during lockdown. Amble’s Morrisons are generous donors to the Amble Food Bank. They offer prepacked bags for under £2 containing items for the charity.
The fresh fruit and veg shop sprang into action by offering an online ordering system and providing free deliveries. The Farm Bakery began offering deliveries as soon as the lockdown began. They were full of praise for their volunteer delivery team. Who else would you thank?