A Berkhamsted charity and a coffee shop have been recognised as Heroes of Hertfordshire for their work during the pandemic which helped so many in the community.
The Sunnyside Rural Trust, and Potten End-based, Cedar Coffee Shop, were honoured as Heroes of Hertfordshire, which is a joint initiative between the High Sheriff and the Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire.
Sunnyside Rural Trust, whose head office and activity centre is in Berkhamsted, was founded in 1990 as a small, horticultural project for young people and adults with learning disabilities, and it is now a thriving charity and social enterprise, offering training and work experience for over 130 vulnerable people in the local community.
During the pandemic, Sunnyside has remained open offering vital services to their vulnerable service users and families, looking at what resources they have that can help in the wider community.
This help has included valuable respite for parents and carers, outreach support to people’s homes and ensuring service users have understanding about how to stay safe.
Meanwhile Cedar Coffee Shop, which first opened its doors in May 2019, remained open during the pandemic, offering a lifeline for local residents.
They’ve added twice weekly fresh fruit and vegetables with a free home delivery service so that the elderly and vulnerable needed not venture out.
Sunnyside CEO, Keely Siddiqui-Charlick said: “We couldn’t have achieved this without the inspirational teamwork of everyone involved.
“I’m very proud to be part of an organisation that considers what it can do for its’ entire community in such challenging times.”
Meanwhile on Facebook Cedar Coffee Shop, they said: “We’re delighted and the award recognises our commitment and dedication in serving the local community during lockdown.
“We can’t thank our customers, friends and fellow residents of Potten End for your support, encouragement and nominations.
“You are the ones who keep us going and make all the hard work worth it.”