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:
During the unrelenting chaos that has been brought by COVID-19 into our local and somewhat isolated communities, Julie Jones was one of the very first people to think about others in her area and set about creating the Gower isolation support group we see on Facebook and around Bishopston village.
Whilst Julie had both her young children, her partner, her mother - who is in the group most vulnerable to COVID - and a business unable to close due to the essentialist of the company’s work all to take care of and support during the crisis, she still continued with the Gower isolation support group and led the way in helping the more isolated and most vulnerable people in the village stay connected and acknowledged when they had an issue.
There were occasions when Julie, on an early Saturday morning, had to go relive the past of her social working days in helping and assessing the needs of vulnerable elders in the area. There were times when she would have to personally go to shops during the peak of the pandemic and deliver shopping to locals shielding or simply unable to leave their homes due to their field of work. There were also occasions where Julie would be still up on her feet in the kitchen at 10pm peeling potatoes and other vegetables for her portion of the grub-club that she also helped to found.
Julie has been and has continued to be a beacon of good-heartedness and kindness during such unprecedented times. Whilst others have enjoyed spending time with family without the need of heading out to work, Julie has sacrificed part of her time at home with her children and family to look after others and revive the true community spirit of helping each other during crisis’.
This is to say a great big thank you to Richard and the other members of Gowerton RFC and Cricket club. Richard was instrumental in coordinating the amazing response from club members in collecting and delivering prescriptions, food shopping, and carrying out telephone calls to check in on those who were shielding. Richard along with other members organised the delivery of over 500 Sunday dinners kindly made by Nomad bar and grill. I have been in regular contact with Rich throughout lock down and he has been a fantastic support to both myself and many residents of Gowerton.
Thank you. You are this week's #GOWERHEROES