Trent & Dove Celebrate Heroes in their Communities
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Trent & Dove Housing, in partnership with Burton Albion Community Trust, hosted their virtual Covid Hero Awards on Friday 26th March to celebrate individuals, charitable organisations, businesses and community groups who have gone above and beyond to help others during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The awards were a wonderful replacement for their yearly Impact on the Community Awards, which were unable to go ahead last year due to the Government restrictions on large gatherings.
The event was streamed live on their YouTube channel at 7.30pm and people were invited to join them for a night of celebrations to honour the true heroes in their communities.
Trent & Dove received over 60 nominations and it was very tough for the judges to decide on the final 16. The finalists, who were shortlisted for an award, each received a luxury hamper to thank them for their fantastic contributions and everyone who received a nomination were also sent a Covid Hero badge to wear with pride for their marvellous efforts.
Ursula Bennion, Chief Executive of Trent & Dove Housing said:
“It was a wonderful evening and as always hugely compelling and humbling to hear the stories of individuals, organisations and businesses who are supporting communities across our region. This year, we had to do things a little differently and this was our first ever virtual event. The night was a huge success, and I am glad we still managed to recognise those who go out of their way (often under the radar) to help others. I would also like to thank all of our partners who have sponsored the event, without their generosity it would not be possible to celebrate the achievements of these great people.”
The joint headline sponsors of the night, for the third year running, were J. Tomlinson who have worked in partnership with Trent & Dove for over 11 years. They deliver gas servicing, boiler installations, renewable projects and a wide range of repairs / maintenance works to Trent & Dove homes across East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire.
Steve Kirkland, Managing Director of Repairs & Maintenance and Facilities at J. Tomlinson added:
“It’s more than fair to say that 2020 was a tumultuous year. The emergence of the pandemic has taken its toll on almost all areas of our day-to-day lives, and it has been extremely heartening to hear about so many individuals, voluntary groups, and organisations whom have selflessly donated time, resources and more to benefit their local communities during this difficult time.
The team at Trent & Dove have done a fantastic job of organising the virtual event, and we hope that everyone enjoyed hearing about all the great work that’s been undertaken in our local area as much as we did”
Trent & Dove would like to thank all of their partners and sponsors: Burton Albion Community Trust, J.Tomlinson, Savills, Efficiency East Midlands, Novus Property Solutions, Anthony Collins Solicitors, Jessup Brothers Ltd, Idverde, The Trent & Dove Federation of Residents Associations and Blueflame Associates. Without their generosity and support, they would not have been able to celebrate all the wonderful people in our communities.
The winners of the Covid Hero Awards 2021
Charitable Organisation (sponsored by Headline Sponsors – Savills)
Winner - Burton Hope
Burton Hope is a community organisation that cares for the vulnerable members of our society that need help. They have around 120 volunteers, though around 60 are working during the pandemic. They work tirelessly to provide food, shelter and clothing to the needy people of Burton. They help anyone in Burton who is in need of basic necessities, assist the homeless into accommodation and support people accessing benefits and documentation. They reach all members of the community and are an essential support group, running for a number of years. Regular weekend outreach sessions on Saturday and Sunday evenings are held where the homeless and people in poverty could go for food, hot drinks and help with support including mental health referrals, addiction, rehab and ID documents.
Community Project (sponsored by Headline Sponsors - J.Tomlinson)
Winner - Random Acts of Kindness, Uttoxeter
Random Acts of Kindness is about helping people in the community, by providing food parcels, bedding, help and advice. Through their Facebook page and website, local people give away household objects to those who need them, and in doing so make for a more sustainable environment. They have the support of several local business and have been distributing care, goodwill, and support to people all over the local area. In these troubled times, they are giving people hope and support as well as bridging the social gap that has formed. With many people not seeing or hearing a friendly voice the Facebook group has become a source of companionship and stability.
Individual Award (sponsored by Efficiency East Midlands)
Winner - Janet Miller
Before Covid, Janet volunteered at charity shops and helped with the homeless when she could. When the charity shops closed Janet reached out to family and friends to see if she could help in anyway and she heard about the NHS staff at Burton Hospital needing bags to take their uniforms home in and then to put them straight into their washing machine when at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus to their families.
Janet initially made 10 bags to see if they were needed at the hospital. The bags were very much appreciated and following requests Janet donated approximately 200+ bags altogether. Janet has also supported family and vulnerable people in the community, making hot dinners, shopping, and helping where needed, constantly putting the needs of others above her own.
Business or Organisation (sponsored by Jessup Brothers Ltd)
Winner - Paul Brown, Magical Mayhem
Paul Brown is a children's entertainer and magician and when Covid hit although his work completely stopped, he didn't. He started by putting a small box on a walkway near his home and filling it with small balloon creations which people could take for free. This both encouraged families to go out for their daily exercise, as well as making people smile. In addition to this, Paul reworked his magic shows in order to create zoom magic shows and magic lessons which he has rolled out for the Scout and Guide movement.
Determined that children who had a birthday in lockdown wouldn't miss out just because they can't have a party, he's been working incredibly hard to deliver countless balloons to children (and adults) on their special day. Paul has also undertaken to support vulnerable and elderly members of our community.
Voluntary Organisation or group (sponsored by The Trent & Dove Federation of Residents Associations)
Winner - Winshill Together
Once lockdown began, Winshill Resource Centre Charity (WNRC) got together with Wishes for Winshill to form 'Winshill Together' and set up a Facebook page so the residents of Winshill could be kept informed of what was happening with the pandemic and what help and support was available to them.
With the support of local businesses, donors and many volunteers, Winshill together has provided food parcels, care packages, snack bags for children, hot meals, offered a befriending service for the lonely, distributed craft bags and hundreds of Easter eggs and Easter activity sheets for the children, organised activities and competitions for children and adults alike such as Halloween fancy dress and pumpkin carving competition. Throughout the first lockdown Winshill Together have helped feed 283 people across 103 families and they continue to be there for the residents of Winshill
Overall Covid Hero (sponsored by Novus Property Solutions)
Winner - Denise The Dinosaur – Linda Cunningham (Didi) & Kate Rowan (Denise the Dinosaur)
In March 2020, Denise the Dinosaur awoke from extinction and ran onto the streets in Burton alongside her sidekick, Didi. Weekly 'T-Rex Tuesdays' is street theatre involving music, dancing and 'roaring' laughter that anyone can attend and is streamed live on Facebook and followed by many both locally and internationally.
Alongside the Dino antics, Linda and Kate have provided live online broadcasts for families, friends and the community; provided and supported home-schooling activities which included encouraging re-purposing of household items; provided support for all members of the community in the form of a checking up service, 'Let’s Chat' and supporting/signposting members of their community to relevant professionals or charities.
To watch the Trent & Dove Covid Hero Awards, please visit https://youtu.be/-e_dXvlctCg or follow Trent & Dove on Facebook and Twitter.