DUKINFIELD and Stalybridge Rotary Club recently launched Local Community Hero Awards to publicly recognise those who have gone above and beyond to help people during the pandemic.
Ian Cochrane, president elect and community chair, explained: “We had initially planned to hold a Local Community Heroes presentation at Ashton Golf Club.
“However, due to the lockdown restrictions we had to change this to a virtual event using Zoom.
Nevertheless, we were determined to go ahead as we didn’t want any delay in recognising these community heroes.”
In all they presented 16 awards:
Stalybridge Juniors Football Club: Organising and delivering at very short notice more than 1,000 free packed lunches across Tameside during the autumn half-term holiday.
Holy Trinity Church, Stalybridge: Providing invaluable support to vulnerable members of the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Stalybridge Covid Support Group: Providing a helpline and delivery service for vulnerable residents during the Covid-19 lockdown
Heyrod Village Store: Providing support within Heyrod Village for residents to help them cope with the restrictions imposed by the pandemic.
Pattisons Family Butchers: Providing a delivery service for vulnerable members of the community during the lockdown.
5 A Day Store, Stalybridge: Providing food and a delivery service for residents including the most vulnerable members of our community during lockdown and providing food for the local foodbank.
Candolim Restaurant, Stalybridge: Providing food and a delivery service for residents including the most vulnerable members of our community during the pandemic.
Raja Brothers: Raja Brothers Express, Carrbrook; Raja Bros, Manchester Road, Mossley; Raja Bros, Staley Road, Mossley. Providing a delivery service for vulnerable members of the community during lockdown.
Barty’s Foodbank: In recognition of Steven Barton’s sterling work in setting up and running the foodbank to help meet the needs of vulnerable residents and those suffering hardship.
Karen Blackett, Carrbrook: In recognition of her support for residents during the Covid pandemic while working tirelessly as a key worker at Tameside Hospital.
Valerie Charnock: For her work in keeping the ‘Honesty Shed’ in Carrbrook Village stocked with homemade soups, vegetables, fruit, homemade jams, cakes, books, magazines and homemade meals throughout Covid pandemic. It has been a Godsend to residents and relied on by people shielding and in isolation. Val has worked into the night preparing meals and food to place in the shed for others and she has given all monies donated to the RNLI.
Katie Wharmby, of Hairess Hair Salon, Stalybridge: For helping to meet the needs of customers wanting to trim/colour their hair during lockdown.
Danny Power, Carrbrook: For providing entertainment in Carrbrook Village during lockdown.
Councillor David Sweeton: For his unselfish work in volunteering at Tameside East Foodbank during the pandemic.
Councillor Jan Jackson: For her work in supporting a wide range of community groups and residents during Covid-19.
The club also surprised Civic Mayor, Councillor Janet Cooper, at the end of the awards ceremony by presenting her with a Local Community Hero Award in recognition of her dedication and hard work in supporting her own communities in Longdendale during the pandemic.