Each week I'd like to take a moment to celebrate and recognise the hard work of those who have done so much to help us get through this difficult and troubling time. Thank you to everyone who nominated their Gower Hero!
Here is the third wave of Gower Heros. If you have someone you'd like to nominate, you can do so here
This week's Gower Heroes are:
Swansea Bay UHB For the Love of Scrubs
I am nominating the whole group of Swansea Bay UHB FTLOS volunteers for their selfless acts of sewing, knitting, crocheting, delivering, organising, cutting, and everything else in between during this pandemic. They have all been amazing, completing and distributing over 26,000 items including more than 2000 sets of scrubs in the Swansea and Neath Port Talbot area. They are all heroes!
Allun has volunteered over the pandemic to assist Andrew and Alison Wilson to manage the Pontarddulais Area Foodbank.
Allun has carried a huge amount of food products and associated goods into and out of the Foodbank and along with Andrew delivered the food parcels to their final destination.
Without Allun the Pontarddulais Area Foodbank would have struggled to operate and his hard work has made a huge positive difference to the amounts of requests the Foodbank has been able to manage.
All work has been done with a smile and nothing has been 'too much trouble'.
Over the lockdown period Andrew has worked tirelessly, volunteering at Pontarddulais Area Foodbank.
He has travelled across the county at short notice collecting supplies to maintain stocks, sorted and boxed supplies and delviered literally hundreds of food parcels.
He has delivered out of hours emergency food support across the whole of the county and always works with a smile, nothing is too much trouble. The Pontarddulais Area Foodbank would not have been able to operate without him.
Catherine has worked tirelessly through this pandemic working excessive hours and taking queries out of hours, managing volunteer support for Pontarddulais and the surrounding areas.
Catherine has taken the lead on many initiatives and has the ability within her heavy workload to take the time to personally support volunteers to carry out their work and members of the public who often ring just to talk as they are so isolated.
She has met significant challenges with a calm, balanced and informed approach and has proved herself to be a true asset to the communities she serves.
Alison works in a voluntary capacity and has tirelessly supported the community efforts to mitigate some of the worst issues of the pandemic affecting our community, making hundreds of phone calls, collecting and delivering food, staffing the Pontarddulais Area Foodbank and delivering prescriptions. Any 'down time' is spent making face-masks and generally helping others.
Nothing is too much trouble and she has worked evenings and weekends just to meet the huge amount of requests for support.
everything has been done with a smile.
Beryl or 'Bez' as she likes to be called volunteers at the Canolfan Pontarddulais. Bez has suffered significant health issues over he past few years and has lost a leg due to these issues. Despite her on-going issues she turns up to volunteer without fail and never without a smile. She diligently cleans the centre and cooks delicious food for the staff and members of the public and has become a 'stand out' figure that people love to chat to and get to know. She is the epitome of a volunteer, hard working, kind, generous and nothing is ever too much trouble for her.
Helen has done an amazing job all the way through lockdown of keeping spirits up by posting videos of her daily walks in the beautiful local environment, as well as singing videos in lieu of the Musical Memories choir getting together. These videos have been a window to the outside world for people who are shielding or self-isolating. She has used Facebook groups to reach out to people all over the area with these videos. She's clearly been thinking of others in the Mumbles area who haven't been able to get out of the house and who may be feeling isolated or shut off from the world. It's been really uplifting to see someone doing their little bit to try to reach out to fellow community members and bring a bit of light at this difficult time.