Ely Hero Awards 2020 Finalists – Neighbour of the Year

Introducing our Ely Hero Award finalists for 2020-21.

Sue and David Green

Sue has been at the centre of the community for the last 30 years, creating a toddlers’ group when she was raising her own children. This was formalised in 2017 with the creation of Ark Baby and Toddler Group which welcomes children from the surrounding areas. David joined the effort full time upon retirement. The group are very humble saying that it is their Christian duty to help others, but the time and money spent helping those who are struggling with children under the age of five is testament to their efforts. During the lockdown, they have provided emotional and financial support for children and parents alike, loaning toys and equipment and hosting a regular toddlers online session which not only entertains and teaches but gives the parents “5 minutes to grab a coffee”. Their nominee said “Parenting would have been a lot harder without these guys in my life!”

Julie Double

Julie Double, a mother of 4 is a great example of someone who has made the most of the little time she has each day. Julie seems to effortlessly juggle responsibilities, hosting the local Beaver Scouts group and acting as a lightning rod for selfless members of the community. During the lockdown, Julie, working with friends, set up a Facebook Group and Whatsapp conversation to coordinate a community effort to help those in Littleport who really needed support. She liaised with local businesses to deliver a leaflets, set up online activities for kids to keep them entertained and learn during the time off school and personally delivered food and medicine to those in isolation. Her nominee said “she has helped us all through the recent pandemic and helped everyone stay positive”

Juliet Browse

Juliet Browse is a pillar of the community in Haddenham, volunteering for the food bank and the very popular Haddenham Beer Fest. When the lockdown was announced, Juliet worked with others to create a network grid of 90 volunteers that she spread throughout the town, calling on friends and family to support every house with information, supplies and someone to turn to when they need it. Her organisational skills are second to none and she does not hesitate to put herself out for others, raising her two teenagers to mirror her community driven spirit.  Her nominee said “you seriously could not find anyone more community minded than Julie!”

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