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?


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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