A Chorleywood resident was recently presented the Chorleywood Community Champion Award for going above and beyond for others during the pandemic.
Today (June 14) the award was presented to Vanessa Rosseau for setting up the Chorleywood Corona Virus Support Group at the start of the pandemic.
Vanessa managed to mobilise over 200 people to shop and run errands for vulnerable residents’ self-isolating.
This required logistical skills getting everyone DBS checked, Vanessa organised drivers for those needing hospital visits or medical appointments.
She oversaw and helped source food parcels for needy families and craft activities for children and several schools.
At Christmas she organised bags for needed children of craft materials and food hampers for older residents.
She also spent many hours in the evenings talking to lonely and distressed people. All this was carried out whilst looking after her own children and family.
The award was presented by the parish council chair, cllr Debbie Rosario who said: “Vanessa epitomises the community spirit that we saw emerging in Chorleywood during the past year and we thank her for all the support given to the Chorleywood Community. A well-deserved recipient of the first every Chorleywood Community Award.”
In receiving the award, Vanessa said: “I have been overwhelmed by the response and willingness to support others during the pandemic and that so many volunteers when above and beyond. To hear of all the stories of selflessness was so humbling and it shows that there is a big heart within the community. I know this will live on and I accept this award as part of the Corona Virus Support Group.
The award was launched by the parish council in February and seven nominations were entered, all of whom received a medal of recognition and gratitude.