16th June 2020 by Tom Jones

We’ve teamed up with The Wine Merchant Magazine & Hatch Mansfield to thank local heroes during Covid-19. We’ve had dozens of nominations and will be announcing the final two prize winners on Thursday. We want to celebrate those people doing the right thing and helping make lockdown easier and better for other people!

Last week we have four very deserving winners: Vic, Terry, Belinda and Ali who have all received a bottle of red and white which has been kindly donated by one of our customers.

Today’s winners are…. 

Kellie Hughes- Multiple Nominations

“I would like to nominate Kellie for all her work over the flooding earlier this year along with her facebook lessons on how to cut your partners hair which have been fab. I just think the amount of effort, and not to mention her own money, to pay for sand and sand bags (I can testify how much sand she ordered as I spent 3 days shovelling 30 tonnes of sand into bags) for the flood response alongside her community spirit throughout whatever crisis hits Whalley,  I think her efforts should be recognised. She has continued to support local residents through this crisis” Andy Moore.
“I would really like to nominate Kellie Hughes, she has got up every morning to brighten our days with her hair and beauty tips and tells it as it is!! I believe she has a heart of gold and deserves this special treat” Sarah Kenyon.
“I would like to nominate Kelly Hughes as a local hero. She is the owner of Kelly Hughes Hair Nail and Beauty Emporium in the village of Whalley. Every day during the lock down she has been posting videos giving her clients tips on hair and beauty.
Just prior to lockdown her shop was nearly flooded on 9 February but she didn’t moan or feel sorry for herself but spent the next few weeks organising sandbags and other help for residents whose properties were threaten numerous times over the next couple of weeks as the rain continued.
She is always willing to help others” Denise Dilworth.
Ruth Chew- nominated by Mark Sutcliffe

“I’d like to nominate Ruth Chew in West Bradford.

Right from the get-go, she established a low-key mutual aid group which has delivered shopping, prescriptions and little treats to vulnerable people across the village.

Ruth has organised a team of more than 20 volunteers on a rota basis and coordinated their efforts as well as putting in several shifts herself. She sorts the prescriptions when they are delivered to her house and provides maps and advice to volunteers on how to find the more out of the way locations.

This has created a huge sense of wellbeing and resilience in the community and made a huge difference to how the village has handled the lockdown”.

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Stay Safe,
The Whalley Wine Shop