Whilst the coronavirus pandemic has strained the lives of so many around the world, it has also brought the true community strength to the forefront and Murray Lee is another example of how residents have gone above and beyond for so many people.
The Bushey resident, who is nicknamed as “The Duracell Murray”, thought that the lockdown would give him a chance to catch up on the many Netflix programmes that are out there in the moment, instead, it’s been quite the opposite.
From being involved in the You Donate, We Deliver scheme that has helped so many people in the community, to fundraising for the NHS and raising over £3,000 by taking on challenges such as riding his bike dressed up as a French onion seller, it’s fair to say Murray has kept himself extremely busy.
Murray is the chairman of the Kemp Place Residents Association, and during Easter he realised that children and grandchildren may not receive Easter Eggs, so he took it upon himself to get them and deliver them himself, asking only for a donation to his JustGiving page which is raising money for the NHS.
More recently, On May 31, he was challenged to a 2.2mile bike ride, but on the condition of being dressed up as a French onion seller.
In what started off as being just a bet between him and his friend to see whether he would do it or not, ended up taking his fundraising page past the £3,000 mark and Murray has been shocked by the level of support he has received.
Speaking to BusheyNews, he said: “It has all made me unbelievably proud, I never thought I would be able to raise this much. My target was £250, so to have passed the £3,000 mark just shows the strength or the community and the media.
“I wasn’t working full time, and at the start of lockdown I honestly thought I was just going to be a couch potato and catch up with different series on Netflix, but I have managed to keep myself incredibly busy.
“It has kept me very motivated and I have enjoyed every single minute of what I have done so far. The standout moment is definitely the bike ride, it was a bit of fun but for an extremely good cause.”
Murray also had high praise for the organisers of the You Donate We Deliver scheme. The venture started and was set up by two London mums from their homes on March 26.
In a matter of weeks, the duo went from providing food for a handful of friends and family in the NHS to feeding thousands of staff on a daily basis.
Murray volunteered as a driver, and one on particular day did a 100-mile trip around Hertsmere and Bedfordshire helping different people.
He said: “The scheme is so incredibly run, I applied to help as a driver and was quickly accepted and I got stuck in from there. The two people who set it up deserve to be knighted.”
Mr Lee, who is looking forward to being able to get back to his radio show in Watford General Hospital, is hopeful of setting up a 24 hour show when he is able to so he can raise even more money for the NHS.
The fundraising page is still open to donate, so to help the cause head to justgiving.com/fundraising/murray-lee