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:
Lissa has worked tirelessly throughout Lockdown to help others. She has delivered face masks to me for my colleagues working in Social services with children and she has coordinated care bags for NHS Staff. She's always helping others and is always kind and thoughtful. She's amazing!
Suzanne has worked tirelessly through the covid 19 pandemic ensuring all animal owners have the supplies they need, where people have been unable to collect she has taken extra time after work to deliver supplies. Suzanne goes above and beyond to help anyone she can.
During this pandemic Williams pets in Gowerton have gone above and beyond for their customers, opening early, closing late, delivering to those in isolation, contactless collections and all whilst smiling and keeping up beat, a local family run business that is the heart of the community that's even visited by the local pet lamb! Suzanne and her daughter Tiffany are always there to help no matter if your purchase is pence or pounds. I really think they should be recognised as this weeks Gower hero's
My mother owns a family run pet shop in Gowerton. She has stayed open throughout the whole pandemic. She has been offering delivery to people who have been shielding and haven’t been able to get out. She has stayed positive throughout making sure that everyone has their supplies for their pets. She has helped the Old Mill Foundation in penclawdd by selling their items from the shop. She has also been selling cards from We are Gower with proceeds going to the NHS. And even though she hasn't had the best two years personally she has made sure that everyone else is put first. We are celebrating 21 years in business in September and i think she truly deserves to be called a Gower Hero. She always goes above and beyond for her customers and the community.
Suzanne is there for the local community going well over and above, not only running her own business working hours over her business opening delivering all over the Gower to those who are self isolating.
She also is selling products for local businesses The Old Mill Foundation, GG's ice-cream and Joe's Ice cream. Also selling Frenchic paint in her shop for many families to help with boredom and not forgetting plenty of plants!!
Since lockdown was very first announced we had to end all cycling activity but decided to convert it to a virtual platform, using Zoom. 6 coaches have worked a rota to deliver a 1 hour training session EVERYDAY during lockdown . We made the sessions open to anyone who wants to join and we've had people join from riders join from West Wales, Cardiff, Bristol, Newport, Rhyl and even Bolton.
We felt it was important to provide a dedicated time for our members to join each other everyday, take regular exercise, see friends and have a little normality in a world that has changed considerably in the past few months. The response has shown the dedication of the coaches to have been completely worthwhile and has maintained a sense of normality for riders who have joined.
Sunday 28th June will be our 100th session and we're celebrating with a 5 hour epic session where participants are covering the distance from Swansea to Nice (where stage 2 of the Tour de France would have been taking place on that day) - riders will be measuring the total distance they cover and we hope to cover a combined total of almost 1700km in that time. For this event, the club are raising money for the Young Carers service at the YMCA - https://gf.me/u/x9mny5
In addition, one member, Ben Fox (15 yrs) has participated in every session and himself has raised more than £1500 for the Morriston Hospital ICU.
Coaches to recognise as heroes:
And of course, our young rider, Ben Fox for his inspirational effort.
Gower Gin Company
My wife and I deliver parcels throughout Gower, on behalf of Hermes, and did so every day throughout lockdown.
Hermes wouldn't supply us with hand sanitiser, despite us sorting, handling and delivering +150 parcels each day. We delivered and collected very many parcels, each day, from households that had signs on their front door saying that someone there was infected with COVID19. Of course, we have no hot water in our vans. I desperately tried to purchase hand sanitiser, in shops or online, but couldn't do so as everyone had sold out.
I was very worried about spreading COVID19 to people across Gower, many of whom are old or were shielding for various reasons, or contracting the disease myself.
Siân and Andrew Brooks of Gower Gin Company very kindly gave me, and other people delivering parcels and letters across Gower, free bottles of hand sanitiser.
My family and I will be forever grateful for their kindness. Thank you.
Thank you to every Gower Hero!