Four new ‘Unsung Heroes’ award-winners have been announced by Watford Borough Council, as part of the initiative to celebrate the positive contributions made by locals during the pandemic and beyond.
In March 2021, five local residents were presented certificates and hampers for their outstanding services to the Watford community.
This included Lidia Rufolo, Vicki Goodall, Suren Vis and mother and daughter duo – Jane and Isabella – who all provided support to people in the community, by helping with foodbanks, mental health support or care packages.
New heroes who have been nominated by residents for their amazing acts of kindness during the pandemic and beyond were honoured by Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor this month. They include:
Norman and Yvonne Brandon – The nomination said: “The couple organise their local elderly luncheon group and have come up with innovative ways to keep everyone’s smile going. Most have no or little technology which makes it even more challenging. Norman also continues to run his club pack over Zoom which for his age has been amazing too.”
Gordon Wagstaff – The nomination said: “Since the start of lockdown, Gordon has run and organised the St Helen’s Church Foodbank. Gordon does this 6 days a week, without complaint. If someone needs anything, out of the allotted hours, then Gordon will be there. Gordon is a pillar of the community, for years, he also helps to open up the church every day, or near every day. I would love Gordon to receive this award, and I am sure so many others would too, to show how amazing he is, to so many people and families.”
Ros Powell (senior health care assistant at Peace Hospice Care) – The nomination said: “She does an incredible job dealing with serious illness and people there awaiting their end of life. Amazing support and help to their families and still spending her own time helping anyone in need. She is caring and devoted her life to helping people, always putting herself last, so I believe she deserves an amazing thanks and shown how amazing she is.”
Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “The community spirit in Watford is second-to-none and the winners of the ‘Unsung Heroes’ award highlight that there are so many people, organisations and charities in the town who quietly go about transforming people’s lives all year round and make an incredible contribution to our communities.”