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 second wave of Gower Heros. If you have someone you'd like to nominate, you can do so here
This week's Gower Heroes are:
Ryan has volunteered throughout the entirety of the Covid-19 pandemic with Gorseinon Council. He helps out by picking up and delivering prescriptions in the local area. He delivers door to door by foot, often going out of his way in all weather (including the recent heat wave!). He also volunteers at Gorseinon’s food bank which offers individuals in need extra food and supplies. Ryan volunteers having recently graduated from the University of Durham with a Masters degree whilst looking for a job. Ryan is incredibly selfless and does things only with others in mind and doesn’t seek any recognition. He is autistic, which has presented challenges throughout his life but has raised to the occasion to advance his social skills and help others in need.
Shepherds Shepherd’s fruit and veg
Shepherd’s have been working flat out to provide fruit and veg for all their customers, old and new. They have coped marvellously at this difficult time and always with a smile!Thanks to everyone there!
This man has been absolutely fantastic during the current crisis. David runs a martial arts club called G&K Kickboxing and runs classes for all ages in Gorseinon and Killay.
When the crisis started he closed his club and started immediately running classes on Zoom. My children and many others have been able to carry on with their lessons in our living room. They even managed to complete their 3 monthly gradings via zoom.
He has been absolutely fantastic with the kids and has even given up his time to give extra 121 lessons free of charge. It’s been lovely for them to have a bit of normality during this time.
He has been absolutely dedicated to his students and has made sure that they don’t miss out on anything. Despite the crisis he has been highly organised and everything has been well run. David and his team should be very proud of themselves and I’m very proud that my children are part of his club.
Mr Hux as he is fondly known by his kickboxing family at G&K Martial Arts Academy has worked tirelessly since lockdown began to ensure his students can continue to train in order to progress with kickboxing. He has held sessions via zoom to ensure training can take place and recently students did the first ever online grading via zoom!!! He has offered not only ongoing training but emotional support to students and their families all whilst worrying about his daughter, a doctor for the NHS. In fact he organised a zoom Q&A for younger students about Covid-19 with his daughter, Dr Amy Huxtable-Harvey, so they could ask about anything that was worrying them!! His son, Daniel, has been supporting him and the students the entire time so I guess they are all heroes in their own right.
Mr Hux always goes the extra mile but since lockdown he has gone even further!! He truly deserves recognition and I know that every single one of his 400+ students will agree with me when I say Mr Hux is our hero!!
Francesca created a group of volunteers in the Gower and she has worked tirelessly for months, seven days a week, to support local community residents. She has delivered food, collected prescriptions, picked up shopping (even a birthday cake from Mumbles, which she took to Llanmorlais), amongst many other things.I have been working as a local area coordinator, covering South Gower and there have been many occasions when I have had cause to seek help for residents across this area. Whenever I have contacted Francesca, she has always been so chearful and helpful and she resolves the issues swiftly and efficiently and without complaint.
Francesca is also a volunteer for the army cadets and she has a young famiily. Her dedication to the community during this difficult period is exemplary.
Thank you to every Gower Hero!