Local heroes who deserve our thanks

Posted on 07th August 2020 | in Community , Coronavirus

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.

Local businesses

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?

LOCAL HEROES PART 2

Thank you to everyone who nominated a ‘local hero’ for this issue. In the last Ambler, we began a list of people who we think deserved a big pat on the back and thank you, for all the work they’ve done for our community during the last few months.

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. Is there anyone else you think deserves to be thanked?

Health Care services and businesses

We received nominations for Alison Wintrip, Heather Osborne, and “all the staff at Heatherdale Care Home (some pictured above) who’ve done an amazing job keeping all the older people busy and happy and safe from covid.” diligence during lockdown.

Another reader said “I would like to thank all the carers in the Amble area, and the carers at Dolphin View (pictured above) as this has been a hard time for all key workers.”

Boots’ staff delivered medicines to residents out of the goodness of their hearts and in their own time, to make sure no one was put at risk.”

Sweet & Flour pod: From day one of lockdown, Lorraine was a whirlwind, baking and delivering goods – from eggs and flour, to cheesecakes and treat boxes.

“Roland’s butchers, especially Jeff who went out every night delivering food to people in shielding, and to all the staff.”

“All the staff from Turning Point who supported my son who has learning disabilities and his housemates throughout the pandemic.”

Community groups and individuals

“I’d like to nominate Sarah Gray. She is the inspirational director of Harbour Lights Choir has kept us together singing on line”

Meg has enabled St Cuthberts Parish Church to broadcast weekly services and daily prayers. Her patience and technical skills knows no bounds.”

Luke has been out delivering parcels of food in all weathers with his little buggy. Good on him and all the food parcel providers.”

Amble’s ‘Sewing for the NHS‘ group was nominated “The team are phenomenal, and also everyone who donated fabric & other materials.” So far the group have made 2512 individual items of PPE.

“I want to thank Nicola in the Post Office. All the way through, she sat on her own, keeping the Postal Service going, and with a lovely smile on her face!”

Sue delivered food boxes from AgeUK, to those who used St Mark’s Puffin Lounge, a group for those with dementia and their carers. She still keeps in contact.”

The newspaper delivery team at Premier Convenience Store were nominated: Laurie Wilkinson, Ellis Bell, Sam Bewley, Callum Rowell, Lyla Smith, Malachi Watters and Grace Armstrong.
A particular mention to: “13 yr old paper boy, [my] Grandson Sam, has coped with increased deliveries and has met some of his lovely customers (Gloster Park- Robson Way)”

Who else would you thank?

Please note: This article has combined two previous articles

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6 thoughts on "Local heroes who deserve our thanks"

  1. Marion Bewley says:

    13 yr old Paper boy, Grandson Sam, 13 who has coped with increased deliveries and has met some of his lovely customers (Gloster Park- Robson way)

  2. Sarah Mitchell says:

    All the staff from Turning Point who have supported my son who has learning disabilities and his housemates throughout the pandemic. They have reassured them cared for them helped to go on developing their independence.
    Also two other wonderful people, Sarah Gray, the inspirational director of Harbour Lights Choir who has kept us together singing on line. Meg Dixon who has enabled St Cuthberts Parish Church to broadcast weekly services and daily prayers. Her patience and technical skills knows no bounds.

  3. Lillie spuhler says:

    I would like to say my nanna alison wintrip and all the rest of the staff at heatherdale care home has done an amazing job keeping all the older people busy and happy and also keeping them safe from covid. Well done all at heatherdale care home hadston.

  4. Mary Davidson says:

    Susan Swanston who delivered Food Boxes from Age UK , to those who used the St Mark’s URC Puffin Lounge, a group for those living with dementia and their carers . Sue continues to keep in regular contact with them all.

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