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Awards to those offering a Beacon of Hope in the High Peak

Council Leader Barry Lewis, Jill Bloxham, Hilary Spencer and Ray Howard - Derbyshire Emergency Volunteers.

Individuals and groups across the High Peak have been recognised for working tirelessly and selflessly to help support others during the pandemic. 

They were nominated to receive a Derbyshire Beacon of Hope award, launched earlier this year by Derbyshire’s Lord Lieutenant Elizabeth Fothergill and the High Sheriff for 2020-21 Tony Walker. 

It has included new schemes to provide clothes for children, help with shopping and much-needed support to existing organisations and volunteers who changed how they operated to continue to provide vital assistance. 

At the G52 Allsorts Community Hub in Gamesley, a community pantry was provided twice a week to 100 families, meals were delivered to elderly and vulnerable residents, and activity and education packs for children were supplied. 

New Mills Youth and Community Project became a lifeline to the most vulnerable. They set up a community pantry and zero waste food project, gave out Christmas food hampers, provided free books, toys and baby items, set up a clothes bank and gave emotional support. 

Hadfield Coming Together, who already provided social meals for the community as part of their programme to keep food out of landfill, instead provided emergency food parcels to those in need in Hadfield, Padfield and Tintwistle.  

The High Peak recipients included: Blythe House Hospicecare and Helen’s Trust; Connex Community Support; Gemma Ellis, Paddy Bann, and Sally de Pee from Chapel-en-le-Frith; High Peak Integrated Community Team; Little Cherubs Clothing; Neda Yavari and Tracey Craosdale in Whaley Bridge; Tina Wild, from Sett Valley Medical Centre and Vincent Ryder, Hadfield. 

The current High Sheriff of Derbyshire Louise Potter, and Tony Walker, Elizabeth Fothergill and their deputies, county council members including Civic Chairman Councillor Jean Wharmby have been busy in recent weeks making award presentations or arranging to make them in the near future. 

DCC Leader Councillor Barry Lewis presented an award to representatives from the Derbyshire Emergency Volunteers. 

He said: “There have been so many examples of the incredible efforts made by people and organisations across Derbyshire to support communities, protect the vulnerable and keep businesses moving. 

“I am glad to have been able to personally thank just some of the people involved in the tremendous, countywide response that has helped to pull us all through this very difficult time.” 

A full list of county Beacon of Hope winners can be viewed on the county council’s website at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/beaconofhopewinners.

Images credit: Derbyshire County Council. 

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