Wilmslow Town Council has recognised local community heroes, as it paid tribute to those who’ve assisted others who needed to shield or self-isolate due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Celebrating the ‘Stars of Wilmslow’, the town council wanted to thank the community spiritedness of neighbours, friends, voluntary organisations and businesses who have helped others through the lockdown period.
The council asked for nominations for the ‘Stars of Wilmslow’ at the end of last year.
In all, 36 residents and three businesses were nominated for the awards, with some being put forward several times due to their dedication to helping the wider community.
Reasons for nomination included:
· Collecting and delivering groceries and prescriptions.
· Delivering treats and flowers to neighbours.
· Preparing and delivering free meals.
· Running community WhatsApp groups that became “catalysts for friendship, kindness, creativity”.
· Shops increasing product lines to keep the community fed, and delivering food to the vulnerable.
· A 6-year old walking 100 laps of a park to raise money for a Covid-19 relief charity.
· Collecting and delivering over 60,000 drinks for the staff working on Covid wards at our local hospitals, and hundreds of blankets for covid patients.
· Raising over £17,000 for Mind mental health charity by organising a community virtual climb (on home staircases) of The Three Peaks.
· A 16-year old “lifting the mood of lockdown with incredible community spirit and kindness” by playing a weekly DJ set for his neighbours.
Among those recognised were: Rachel Howes, Nik Rose, Wilmslow Self-isolation Support Group, Fleur Jordan, Rob Topping, Martin Duguid, Monique Qureshi, Maria Jagger, Andrew Greenslade, Kerrie Hewitt, Louise Wood, Steve Kennedy, Julie Dawn Potts, Barry Wood, Karen Hutchinson, LNJ Recruitment, Michelle Anderson, Maritza Uzelac-Cloves, Katrina Gatto-Allman, Mark Lynch and Ethan Mason.
Many of those nominated helped residents for prolonged periods – from the start of the first lockdown, into the second lockdown and beyond.
Cllr Martin Watkins, chair of Wilmslow Town Council said: “It was heart-warming how members of the community have gone above and beyond to support neighbours, friends and strangers during a time of great worry and uncertainty.
“While the Covid-19 pandemic is still very much ongoing, the town council wished to demonstrate our collective thanks for these selfless acts carried out during these lockdowns.”
Over the past weeks, local councillors have delivered certificates and floral planters containing ‘Star of Wilmslow’ plaques to those nominated.
Resident Steve Kennedy was nominated for his dedication as a volunteer for the Wilmslow Self-isolation Support Group, who provided a grocery and prescription delivery service to the whole of Wilmslow.
Steve commented: “It’s lovely to be in a town where the council get it. It’s just so nice when someone says ‘well done – here’s a token’.”
Cllr Julie Dawn Potts – who herself received an award after nominations for co-ordinating ‘Love The Lane Aid’ for residents in the Chapel Lane area – was delighted with the recognition.
She said: “I’m thrilled that so many Love the Lane area residents and businesses have worked so hard to help so many local residents in a multitude of ways, and that their work has been gratefully acknowledged by Wilmslow Town Council”.
Cllr Lata Anderson, who spearheaded the award scheme, added: “It has been wonderful meeting some of the people who have been nominated and hearing their stories.
“It showed how Wilmslow, when needed, pulled together to help each other out.”