West Yorkshire Wonders - Shortlist
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Wonder NHS Worker
Jody is employed by the NHS as an Associate Practitioner in Histology however since the beginning of the pandemic Jody has been working full time in the mortuary. She does the job with compassion and care whilst not wanting to let anyone down. She is a beautiful person inside and out and always gives it her all despite the challenging nature of her work.
Lauren is a student paramedic & has developed a real passion for treating and caring for people. Due to Covid19 her university and placement have now stopped however rather than take a break she volunteered to help at her local hospital. She was put in ICU on the frontline treating Covid19 patients. She has gone home most nights in tears as she has watched , which for a non qualified 23 year old is very traumatic. All her friends and family are so proud of her.
Charlotte hasn't worked in our District Nursing Team for very long but I don't know how we managed without her. She is admin for us and another DN Team and runs around collecting PPE and anything else we might need to ensure our working day runs more smoothly, allowing us more time to care for our patients. She never says 'No' and always helps with a smile on her face. Charlotte is amazing. She so deserves to win.
Progress Lifeline Calderdale Team
The Emergency Home Response Team are a small team consisting of just 10 people who support 2800 service users in the Calderdale area who are elderly or vulnerable. For many elderly residents who fall without a service like ours, their only recourse would be to phone an ambulance to attend them. Since the start of the lockdown over 800 Emergency call outs have been attended and they have lifted over 200 service users from the floor. The team have attended 98% of these calls within 45mins.
Staff at Windhill Community Centre
All of the team are volunteers and they have been working incredibly hard to support the community. They are providing a service for elderly/isolated people who require shopping, medication collecting and food drop offs. The community centre is open everyday to allow people to come to us if they are in need of food supplies, i.e. fruit, veg, bread, meats, treats etc while our cafe team provide warm meals to takeaway.
Julie has worked for the past 7 weeks to make sure the community has had someone to stay in contact with. From getting donations so she can cook hot meals and deliver them to the older residents to going and collecting donations that we have been able to give out to our community at this time. Giving treats for the community making sure the community has some sort of normal. This award would not just be for Julie but for her staff and volunteers… Emma Bateman, Ann-Marie Wing, Donna Howarth, Diane Thomas & Chris Barker.
Ruth works for The Life Centre in Bierley, South Bradford. Since the beginning of the pandemic Ruth has had to work many times harder to care for this community. She’s spent hours on the phone as she has personally contacted each of 50 plus households containing one of her beneficiaries. Ruth also arranged a home shopping service singlehandedly purchasing and delivering the shopping across the estate. She created the ‘At Home Diners’ Club’ a hot meal delivery service utilising a network of able volunteers to prepare, pack and deliver meals to homes across the estate. Ruth is a true super hero and she deserves massive recognition for her hard work, dedication and compassion for our community.
Harvey has been making Face Shields using his 3D printer. He used his own £200 to get the initial supplies and started a fund raising platform on Facebook. He soon realised he couldn’t supply demand and so looked for other people with 3d printers to help.A team of 4 people then started a constant supply using printers in their homes, Harvey liaised with them All and coordinated supplies and collections etc. He contacted his college UTC who have since let him go in and use their printers, producing 60/70 masks a day. Harvey starts his day by checking messages he then drives to Leeds and spends 2 hours making shields, when he comes back home he arranges collection and delivery. So far he has donated over 1,500 shields! 220 shields went to the 4th biggest nursing home in the UK. He has supplied BRI, ERS, Huddersfield hospital and lots of care homes as well!
Colin is the head teacher of an alternative provision in West Yorkshire. Due to the vulnerabilities of the young people who attend, the provision has remained open throughout the lock down. Colin has kept students and staffs morale high by donning a series of weird and wonderful fancy dress outfits every day. This wonderful man is missing out on seeing his own daughters who live with their mum during lock down which is really hard for him. I’m spite of this, he still remains positive and strives to put a smile on his students and staffs faces!
Sally is a teacher at a Bradford nursery school providing care and learning opportunities for the children from 3 nursery schools. She has coordinated the provision of meals at school for parents and children each lunch time and posted vouchers for food to the families who are unable to attend the school. In addition to her teaching role Sally is a funeral celebrant, providing much needed emotional support to bereaved families at this dreadful time in their lives, holding funeral services in a way which supports families and provides them with a memory to treasure. She is an absolute treasure and we are so proud of her
Robert is a Local postman and will go out of his way and beyond his duty to do his job he always has a smile on his face and will take time to have a laugh. At the moment during these tough times he's wearing a costume of a dog biting his bum which is bringing some amusement to local residents!
Our lovely friend Julie works as a key worker in Bereavement Services. She works very hard in normal circumstances but due to the unprecedented circumstances, she is having to work even harder and under lots of pressure. On an evening, she has taken it upon herself to entertain families locally by dressing up in an inflatable T-rex dinosaur outfit! You may have even seen pictures of her.
Katie is a secondary school PE teacher at Feversham Academy - since the start of the school closures she has worked tirelessly to live stream lessons to her students to ensure they are not missing out. On top of this she has also volunteered as an NHS emergency responder. She is also spending any free time she has making scrub bags and goody boxes to donate to NHS staff. In and amongst this she is also regularly shopping for her elderly neighbours and supporting her local St John's ambulance service. She is a very caring, friendly person who is completely dedicated to ensuring the safety of others over and above herself.
So 2 years ago Chloe contracted Bacterial Meningitis B, after this she changed jobs and began a job working with adults with learning disabilities and autism. On top of this she volunteers for the ambulance service as a community first responder. During COVID19 she took unpaid leave from her role as a support worker to help the NHS and became a fully qualified emergency medical dispatcher, answering 999 calls for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
Linzi is a wonderful carer, who works day in day out caring for clients in their homes. She goes above & beyond styling the old ladies hair to cheer them up, always smiling and making them laugh & she never grumbles . She is also a loving thoughtful daughter, whilst in these hard times due to this dreadful virus , she comes home scrubs up and returns to her bedroom as her mum classed as high risk. All her clients & family truly appreciate her.
Andrea volunteered to work on the end of life ward at Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust. On Easter Weekend she was asked if she could work the weekend on the end of life ward and sit with patients who could not have their relatives with them. She was asked to sit in a bay with three patients and to talk to them and reassure them that they wasn’t on their own and that their loved ones were sending messages and thinking about them. Over that weekend she sat with six patients until their final hours to bring them a little bit of comfort.It’s an experience she will never forget and feels fortunate that she was able to offer some comfort and assistance at this terrible time.
Alex is 16 and has volunteered with Overgate Hospice since she was 7 and when she turned 14 she began volunteering in the Elland store. As well as this she has volunteered in the day hospice in the holidays making crafts with the day care patients. With volunteers unable to go into the hospice Alex made buns on several occasions and delivered these to the hospice. She has now created a stall on the drive which has taken off with people getting in touch with donations and this has so far raised over £1300!
Lee created Halifax SOS which has raised £12,000 so far with hopefully more to come. The funds will be split 50/50 between Halifax Rugby League Club & Junior Sports Clubs in Halifax. They managed to pull together a star studded line up including Hannah Cockroft, Lizzie Jones, Brian Moore and many more. They provide updates from local charities including Piece Hall Halifax Opportunities trust, Unmasked Mental Health, Calderdale SmartMove & Andys Man Club. The idea is that junior clubs will be able to apply for grants to cover the costs of kits and training equipment to take pressure off parents and sponsors when we get through to the other side.
Maisie (from Mirfield) is a double leg amputee who lost both her legs when she was a baby due to meningitis and septicaemia. She is now fundraising for the charity LimbPower by walking on the tredmill/in her garden 2.6 miles per day for 10 days totalling 26 miles. So far she has raised over £11,500!
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You are voting for your personal preference of winner in the West Yorkshire Wonder Awards.
There will be one winner per category across Pulse 1 & Pulse 2.
Voting runs from 14/05/2020 – 27/05/2020
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