Seaford Mayor Awards Local Covid Heroes with Certificates

A show of appreciation and recognition of local unsung heroes during the pandemic

SEAFORD, 19TH FEBRUARY 2021 The Mayor of Seaford, Cllr Rodney Reed, has awarded members of the community, nominated by the public, with certificates to recognise their relentless kindness, dedication and hard work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The following organisations and individuals have been recognised:

Morrisons  Manager and staff - The staff have been exemplary throughout the year with queues and numbers well managed, as well as staying open all hours for the community. Nominated by Den Lyle

Julie Moore, Scoop and Weigh - Julie was the most nominated recipient of this award in recognition of her amazing positive community spirit and going out of her way to check in on the vulnerable. Throughout the pandemic she collected prescriptions and other groceries for those isolating, organised raffles for the homeless and collected donations for the foodbank. Nominated by, Krisztina Almasi-Tucknott, Ailsa Katona, Mary Hawes and Carole Henderson

Philippa Davis  of the Seaford and Bishopstone Neighbourhood Watch Association (S&BNHWA) – Inspiring the nation, Philippa and her team set up 'Sew Sussex' in Seaford, co-ordinating people in their homes to manufacture over 100,000 items of PPE for distribution to the NHS and other healthcare staff during the pandemic. Nominated by Cllr Mark Brown

 Mary Hawes and Min Stone, ‘SeaFriends’ – Mary and Min have worked throughout the pandemic to connect isolated individuals with volunteers who offer support over the phone. Those nominating were moved by the difference they made to people suffering and feeling lonely during the pandemic. At Christmas they delivered festive hampers to their clients to bring them some joy, as most were spending the festivities alone. Nominated by Tiffany Parker

Gill Morgan -A Community Nurse who also volunteered by supporting vulnerable friends and family during the pandemic. Nominated by Lauren Morgan

Fler and Justin Wright of the WOLO Foundation – Fler and Justin have been providing food hampers and organising fundraising events. All funds have gone towards supporting families with a loved one who is battling cancer. Nominated by Beth

Old School Surgery and Seaford Medical Centre – For the admirable way the Doctors, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, and administrative staff have adapted to working during the pandemic and continuing to provide exception healthcare to the community. Nominated by Lindsay Freeman

Carole Pink – on behalf of a group who knit, sew and purchase items for the homeless under the care of ‘Surviving the Streets’. They have also supported the staff at Eastbourne District General Hospital and paramedics with hampers, and they help a couple of animal charities -  Nominated by Tracy Williams.

Esther Morgan –For her selflessness in volunteering with ‘Surviving the Streets’ helping the homeless over the winter with warm and waterproof clothing. Nominated by Tracy Williams

Lucy Watts, Seaford Volunteer Group - For cheerfully befriending and supporting members in the community during lockdown. Nominated by Natasha Sheppard

Mayor of Seaford, Cllr Rodney Reed, said: “There are so many people in our Seaford community who have gone "over and above" the call of duty or of neighbourliness, so I was delighted when so many nominations came in response to my request for local Covid heroes.  All of the people and organisations nominated have been awarded a 'COVID Hero Certificate’. Our Seaford community spirit will continue to carry us through the difficult days that remain and ensure that our business and community life evolve into a 'post-COVID' normal.”

Nominations are still being sought for the Mayor’s Awards 2020-2021 and the prestigious Don Mabey Award for outstanding contribution. The categories this year are: Health Promotion, Sustainability and Intergenerational Activities.  The closing date for these is 31st March. Email your nominations to mayors.secretary@seafordtowncouncil.gov.uk. Awards are presented at the Town Forum / Annual meeting on 20th April 2021.