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!
This is just the first wave of Gower Heros and I will be announcing more each week.
If you have someone you'd like to nominate, you can do so here
This week's Gower Heroes are:
Briony King is a 5 year old little girl who has worked hard throughout lockdown to share a smile in her community. Despite sheilding with her disabled mum away from her dad who is a key worker her first concern has always been the welfare of others. She's decorated pictures for people to display in their windows and made rainbow keyrings to give away as gifts. She's contributed towards the collection of food and toiletry items for the Gorseinon food hub by asking for donations and emptying the cupboards in her own home. She took her own toys and put them on a table in her front garden so local children could take a toy to cheer them up. She recently organised a share a smile event, an event she thought up herself for where she placed balloons and treat bags outside her house and invited local children to come and collect them. All she asked for in return was a smile and a wave. She's managed to do all this at just 5 years old, while still helping her mum with day to day activities like cooking and cleaning.
Sally’s kindness and care is exemplary, she goes above and beyond to support others. Starting a new business in lockdown has been an exciting new challenge for Sally and her focus has been about bringing happiness and love to others through her incredible cupcakes and sponges. Sally has delivered her cakes to those that are shielding across the Gower, she’s had orders from all other the U.K. to take treats to loved ones whose family members live far away, this has even included orders from Australia and Dubai. Sally will say things like “your mum won’t eat a whole box of scones, how about I take a few each day for a couple of weeks!” This means that the family member knows that someone will be checking in and sharing love with their mum and dad when they are so far away! Sally has baked cakes and treats to give a thank to nurses, doctors, pharmacists and others carers bringing a smile is her ultimate aim! When we’ve had tough days Sally has turned up at the right time with a box of treats to brighten our day. She really is one in a million!
During the COVID 19 pandemic she had brought all communities together and provided support for those in need.
She is consistently working to help Gower businesses especially during this time when businesses are struggling.
Nothing is to much to ask of her and she’s always looking out for people.
Natalie and her business which is based around supporting and promoting people and business around Gower has truly been an inspiration and support to a lot of people.
At the start of the Covid pandemic Natalie set up a support group on social media “we are Gower Covid 19”
She has provided information, offered support, advice and humour to over 1500 members every day.
Natalie is a mum to 5 boys 3 of which are of primary school age and so life is busy but this hasn’t prevented her putting time and energy into supporting her fellow Gower residents.
I would like her receive recognition for all her hard work.
For her dedication to keeping the community up dated, motivated and inspired and for spending each day throughout lockdown thinking tirelessly of others and keeping our spirits high.
I am nominating Nat as she’s always such a bright positive person. Throughout lockdown she has kept everyone going on the Facebook group with her morning messages in various different languages!! ???? She always makes me smile with her funny last thoughts of the day. We all need a positive person to keep us going through all this and Nat is that person. Always asking everyone if they are ok or if they need anything. She replies to every single comment on the Facebook group without fail and Is always caring, kind and positive. On a personal level
Nat always cheers me up. How she finds the time with 5 boys never ceases to amaze me !! Nat is a true hero ????
Natalie has set up a COVID 19 Gower page on Facebook and posts everyday without fail! It really lifts spirits especially for someone like me who has been shielding! She is so caring and puts others first!
Thank you Natalie for making a very tough time more bearable! You humour Witt and general caring nature hasn’t gone unnoticed xx
So friendly and supportive, keeping me informed and up to date with everything and such a fantastic sense of humour too. No limit to this lady's talent. Can't think of anyone more deserving.
Exceptional work carried out during lockdown / covid 19
With her own large family Natalie has managed everyday to ask how everyone is feeling and if they need any help
If they have asked she had responded quickly and efficiently
I don’t think you could ask anything more of her
Natalie is a busy mum of 5 ,however she took time to set up a covid community face book page ! Every day nat greets the members with a morning and evening message ! Her messages support well being and offer a sense of community at these challenging times we’ve endured! Thank you nat ,we’ve got a place for daily check ins and check outs ! You are a motivator and speak from the heart ????
This lady set up We are Gower COVID-19 Mutual Aid & Community Page.
I have never met her but she wakes us up each morning with a Good Morning in a different language and sends us to sleep with a funny joke every night. She has looked after us ,communicating everything and ensuring that if any of us need help she will find it and communicate to the group !
I have not seen any aggressive or distasteful comments on this group which shows the respect this lovely lady commands !
A True Gower Hero !????????????????
She has kept everyone’s spirits up during the last 13 weeks. Despite being a very busy Mum with 5 children. She promoted and kept small businesses throughout Gower in touch with each other. She sent daily morning and evening posts checking on everyone’s wellbeing. She has simply been amazing.
Because her daily, thoughtful FB posts bring people together, make them feel listened to and also share valuable information regarding all things community and COVID-19 related
Since Natalie set up her We are Gower app to showcase local businesses, she has given businesses in Gower the opportunity to highlight their services on a easy to use app.
Since lockdown Natalie has set up We are Gower COVID 19 page, which gives people the opportunity to speak about their feelings at this difficult time. She posts every morning and evening since the lockdown and takes the time to answer every post with concern and care. She always ends the day with a funny post to cheer people.
She is a wonderful mother to five sons and has overcome many difficult obstacles in her life but she always has a positive outlook which she shares with people on her posts.
We have had an amazing response to covid in Gorseinon. From prescription runs and leaflets drops to the food hub. In addition to flooding that has hit some residents more than once over the last few months. Kelly has been at the centre of this, organising everything and going above and beyond in all situations whilst also working and caring for a family of her own. She will always lift others up and sing their praises but gets very little recognition for all the work she puts in herself. An absolute credit to Gorseinon
Thank you to every Gower Hero!