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Council celebrates outstanding community heroes

South Norfolk Council is recognising and celebrating outstanding individuals who have gone above and beyond during the Coronavirus outbreak through a special recognition scheme – COVID-19 Community Heroes.

The Council is asking residents to put forward the stars of their community through its Facebook page and social media channels.

Councillor Yvonne Bendle said: “There are so many amazing people who have put the needs of others before themselves, in my ward and across the district, I have been amazed by people’s kindness and selflessness and the overwhelming sense of community.”

Harleston, one of South Norfolk’s leading market towns has demonstrated an incredible strength of community. Even before lockdown began, the town had an army of 30-strong volunteers, delivering leaflets and offering help in preparation for what was coming.

Central to those efforts was local resident and town Councillor Lizzy Pegg, who has been co-ordinating the Harleston Kindness Help Hub’s volunteers and working with South Norfolk Council to answer the calls for help.

Lizzy said: “We have worked closely with South Norfolk Council from the get-go, helping to meet the needs of those at low to medium risk, while the Council has been supporting those with extra needs, such as financial hardship, or mental health issues.”

South Norfolk Councillor for Harleston, Jeremy Savage said: “Harleston Kindness Help Hub has made a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of our residents. They have literally saved lives through their incredible selflessness and kindness, everyone who has contributed, should be so proud of what they have achieved by working together.”

Lizzy said: “We have an amazing team of volunteers, all offering different skills, from running our Facebook pages, to building websites, taking photos and doing the admin jobs, to those on the ground picking up prescriptions and shopping, it’s been a huge team effort!”

Harleston Town Council has also had a key role, co-ordinating various donations and keeping the accounts, providing funding and giving guidelines, lanyards and supplies of PPE to volunteers.

If you have stories of people who have made a huge difference to your communities during the COVID-19 lockdown, please let South Norfolk Council know through its Facebook page and social media channels using the hashtag #SouthNorfolkHeroes or on the webpage www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/covidheroes