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SELFLESS WORK: Nordic Walking Watford leader deemed a hero for going the extra mile

 Published on: 12th November 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

The lead instructor for Nordic Walking Watford has been awarded a Hero of Hertfordshire certificate for the support she has offered people during the pandemic.

Tracy Reeve was nominated for one of the Lord-Lieutenant’s Hero of Hertfordshire certificates for an “endless list” of kind acts.

The person who nominated her is a member of the Nordic Walking Watford group, which holds much of its training and walks in Leavesden Country Park.

They said: “I would like to nominate Tracy Reeve as a local hero. She is certainly a hero to me, as I have told her frequently this year.

“Tracy ran the walking group throughout lockdown on a virtual basis for no financial gain while home-schooling her girls and looking after her elderly parents. She set her walkers daily and weekly challenges whilst sticking to the ‘rules’ as they constantly changed.

“She created a book group, a coffee morning, free zoom yoga and mindfulness and focussed on our walkers who live alone or were struggling in any way. She also set a weekly kindness task to encourage us to look out for vulnerable neighbours.

“The list is endless to be honest. On a personal level, she identified when I myself was struggling with a mental health issue and she continues to check in on me if I’m not out walking. Her love of nature and it’s healing properties is inspirational on every level.”

Tracy told AbbotsNews: “I was hugely honoured and immensely proud to the award for keeping people walking during the COVID-19 lockdown. This means so much.

“I have to say that as I sit here pondering how to sail through the stormy seas of another lockdown – and all I really want to do is hide under the duvet – this award is my compass.

“So we keep focused, we look after each other and our communities, and we get through this together.”

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