Key and essential workers

My husband Richard has worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester. He had to move out of our family home for a period of time in order to try and reduce the risk to our family. He has been such a wonderful daddy to our little ones whilst looking after so many sick patients. We are incredibly proud of him!!

I have nominated Phil from Chiltern Primary School. He continued working incredibly hard alongside the entire Chiltern team. Phil has shown wonderful compassion, fantastic leadership and proved himself along the best during this very challenging time. He has opened his arms and the school to vulnerable pupils and kept the doors open to key worker pupils throughout. Phil has been a real comfort to all of the staff, keeping our needs and wishes at the forefront throughout our journey together. He has ensured the most needy in our school do not go without, providing home education packs on a regular basis, working with a local charity to ensure we could provide food and daily lunches and even walking around the local area to deliver letters and educational resources to our pupils. Despite the stress, Phil has consistently kept a reassuring smile on his face and I can’t think of anyone else to represent our fabulous team and to receive a massive thank you!

Leanne was redeployed as a Nurse in the Community from a School Nurse. Very frightening at first for her but as usual she got on and done the job. She has two girls who went to school but Leanne still had to do some home schooling. Her father is one of the vulnerable but she still managed to help us both with coping with COVID and helping us with shopping. Her and her girls helped some of the neighbours with their shopping and the girls wrote the neighbours little notes. Her husband is also a key worker at hospital. I would like to say a big thank you to my daughter and all her family for all they have done over the last few months.

Sarah Mathlin is the Executive Headteacher of Winklebury Infant and Junior schools. She has worked tirelessly since schools closed on March 20th. The school has been open to keyworker and vulnerable children throughout including all of the Easter and half term holidays. Sarah has been in school every day. She rings families almost daily to ensure they are doing ok. She has personally driven around Basingstoke to deliver paper homework packs to children who do not have internet access at home. Since June 1st, when yr R,1 and 6 returned to school, she has stood at the school gate every day both in the morning and going home time so that the children have a welcoming face to greet them and to help them feel safe. As well as caring for the children in her care, she has checked in regularly with staff who are having to shield at home. She is also making sure that the staff working in school feel safe and secure. She really has gone above and beyond for all of the school community.

Anne has shown real dedication to her school during lockdown. Anne has tirelessly supported children, parents and staff throughout this pandemic and given up much of her own time to ensure that other people have what they need. She has been in every single day including throughout school holidays to ensure the needs of the children and staff are paramount. She has been doing anything from cleaning and answering phones to helping many families with additional food parcels who may have been otherwise overlooked during these difficult times. Anne always thinks of others, and her actions are not limited to the pandemic but indicative of how she acts throughout the year. There are no words that can show the gratitude and appreciation so many people have but a “big thank you” is a small start.

Just to say our lovely “bin men” deserve a BIG thank you for taking away our “rubbish” without fail all the time and continuing during Covid-19, also to say they always seem very cheery.

I would like to say a massive thank you to all of the team working at Heather House specialist nursing home for young adults in Tadley. throughout this pandemic they have worked so hard to keep the residents safe and free from the virus. Lockdown has been really tough but everyone has pulled together despite their own fears and anxieties relating to the risk of catching the virus. The team have been so dedicated and have shown true courage and spirit in their efforts to keep everyone safe.

As soon as we went into lockdown, Mr Roberts, a Maths teacher at Testbourne Community school in Whhitchurch took to making Visors in the DT dept on the laser printer. He was in school daily making sure local frontline NHS workers were kept safe. With a PPE shortage he was inundated with requests. This was a collaboration between Chris at Testbourne and Claire at The Costello School. Between the two schools they were able to make 2000+ all for free for our amazing frontline workers, all of this whilst creating work for his maths classes online. Thank You!

As a postie in Brighton Hill Mark is a vital worker. During lockdown he not only tried especially hard to make sure everyone had their deliveries, but he made a point of checking on residents. Ensuring they were healthy and happy. He remained cheerful despite the significant increase in workload and all the difficulties of social distancing. Sometimes he’d be still on his round at eight o’clock at night, having begun in the early hours of the morning. Yet his diligence was unstinting – not only ensuring that everyone on their round received their letters and parcels, but that all the residents felt cared for. Having a reliable, friendly face during this difficult time has been brilliant. Thank you!

Ellie worked so hard at Sainsbury’s during the pandemic, thank you so much!

Mrs Kate Steven is the headmistress at Whitchurch Church of England School and we have had nothing but the best communication and Home Schooling service and arrangements regarding our children’s education provision from them since the start of the pandemic arrangements. They have been truly wonderful through a very difficult time when parenting children in relation to their education. Very positive and caring. Very thoughtful and effective. Mrs Steven is the Headmistress and this Thank you extends to the whole team.

As headteacher of The Costello School, Randall Jull has worked tirelessly for the benefit of his staff and students, leading us calmly and capably through the current crisis. His humility and his humanity have helped us all to find a way forward, even in the most challenging often times. Thank you so much.

We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all the staff at Sherborne St John CofE Primary School, who all worked so hard to keep the children safe and engaged, in school and at home over what has been a very challenging time. They have continued to support and engage with children at home and in school to ensure their education continued.

Thank you to all the carers from ACASA who have worked tirelessly, day and night, despite the risks to continue to support all the residents at Abbey Court and Newman Court, providing care and helping with shopping, deliveries, wellbeing and contact with friends and families. But overall who have kept everyone safe!

Rivers Medical Partnership has worked hard dealing with the COVID outbreak. They have been very supportive to the voluntary groups working in the town, in particular whenever I, as hub, or one of the town’s volunteers were concerned about someone’s welfare. Thank you so much.