Nominate your #CovidHero and salute all those wonderful people who have selflessly kept the country going during the Covid-19 crisis, often at risk to themselves!

Another day and yet more inspiration to nominate your Covid Hero/es. Just click on the link to nominate, you have until 28th August 2020.

Jayne & Steve Waltho

I’ve kept my head down volunteering in the strange world of the Covid crisis but today need to pay tribute to WONDERFUL PEOPLE who give so much expecting little or nothing in return. My dear Jayne of whom I’m always proud (she coordinated our neighbours VE Day ‘social distancing’ celebrations and whose Birthday incidentally is tomorrow) has been volunteering with me since the start of the crisis three days a week at Black Country Foodbank with a brilliant group of like-minded volunteers whose only objective is to help those so much less fortunate. One day my colleague Councillor Chris Barnett cycled in to announce he’d cycled (mostly on a roller track) several hundred miles to raise £2000 for the Foodbank! Thank you to all. Jayne has to be very careful as she is mindful of her extremely vulnerable mother. I’ve also contributed in a very small way to the brilliant unsung NHS volunteer force at Russell’s Hall both delivering Pharmacy items to members of the community and doing a few stints within the hospital …. simple but important stuff like ferrying notes, medicines and sometimes people from one area to another. Yesterday afternoon was rather busy and gave me a real humbling insight into the huge pressure these NHS heroes are working under … in one ward I was asked to wear a mask to simply walk five yards to deliver patient notes to the reception desk. Many staff have to wear this stuff for several hours … not sure I could do that☹️. Then there are random acts of real kindness … an ice cream seller came in requesting permission to donate to the workforce during the Thursday night clap 👏 and when the NHS patient ambulance coordinator said she was due to finish shortly he offered free ice creams to all medics & volunteers there on the spot … didn’t need asking twice on a warm afternoon!! This is a salute to all those wonderful people who are selflessly keeping the country going during this crisis often at risk to themselves. Maybe one day they’ll be properly rewarded😡. Wishing you and your families good health and keep safe in these unprecedented times 🤞❤️

Sheila feels like we have sailed a path through these stormy waters together and we will keep going until we are able to step out onto a safer shore. Nominate your #CovidHero today

It’s so easy to nominate your Covid Hero/es today. Just follow this link and do it today!

Sheila Jones

When we went into lockdown I applied to the NHS volunteer responders appeal.  I know that they were inundated so response time was slow.  In the meantime, my husband who also works for Dudley MBC received an email through work asking for volunteers for Dudley CVS to help the local community so I put my name forward as well.  I was soon contacted by Eileen and my story begins.

In normal life I work for Summerhill Pathways at Summerhill School in Kingswinford.  Along with working in the office I am also teach swimming and lifesaving.

I was quickly matched up with three people who needed help with their shopping.  When I first rang to introduce myself, I was a little nervous but we soon started to get to know each other.  We have now got into a lovely little weekly routine starting with a chat for the shopping lists and a chance to find out a little bit more about each other.  My Mum is vulnerable and lives in Shrewsbury so when we went into lockdown I knew that my sister would take care of her but I felt a bit useless. So, I started this process to help where I could.  What I didn’t expect was to find three different, lovely people who are so grateful of my help but, in turn, have also helped me through these strange and unprecedented times by giving me a sense of purpose.  I feel like we have sailed a path through these stormy waters together and we will keep going until we are able to step out onto a safer shore having battled this storm in the best way we can, with care and kindness for each other.

We will never forget one another and I hope one day, when all this is over, we may be able to sit down and have a proper conversation over a nice cup of tea.