BERKSHIRE Breaking Maidenhead

Theresa May has backed Club’s scheme to honour NHS staff and ordinary members of the public in Maidenhead who have gone the extra mile during the Covid-19 crisis

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The Maidenhead MP and former Prime Minister has agreed to join the judging panel for the Maidenhead Rotary Club Covid-19 Heroes Awards, which aim to recognise those who went out of their way to help others during the first months of the crisis.

Nominations are being sought for people who live or work in Maidenhead and the surrounding area in five categories:
• Hospital worker – anyone from a doctor to porter
• Community health worker – such ambulance crews, district nurses or GP surgery staff
• Care home worker – from carers to cleaners
• Community volunteer – those who helped vulnerable neighbours
• Open category – such as postmen or shop workers.

Everyone nominated will receive a Rotary Covid-19 Heroes certificate and a panel of judges will pick one exceptional individual from each category to receive a £100 prize.

Mrs May said: “I am very grateful to have been asked to be on the judging panel for the Maidenhead Rotary Club COVID-19 Heroes awards.

“This year has been difficult, but when difficulties arise, so do heroes and I am excited to see all the nominations which show the great efforts of the people of Maidenhead during the lockdown. So many people in our local community worked to help others during this time – and many are still doing so.

“I know there are already lots of submissions but please do keep them coming in. This is already shaping up to be a fantastic competition.”

The scheme is the idea of Club President Mary Spinks, who had a 52-year career in nursing and is a former director of the Florence Nightingale Foundation.

She said: “We’re delighted to have our MP Theresa May join us on the panel for a scheme that aims to recognise the outstanding efforts of local people.”

Nominations can be made by email to rotaryheroes2020@gmail.com or by post to Rotary Heroes, Maidenhead Rotary Club, 2 Somerford Close, Maidenhead SL6 8EJ.

They should contain the following information:
• The name of the nominee
• Which category you are nominating them for
• Contact details for them or their employer
• What they did to deserve the nomination
• What difference their actions made and what they achieved
• What additional difficulties they had to overcome – such as isolation from their own families.

The closing date for nominations is Saturday, October 31. The panel of judges will assess the nominations in early November with prizes presented by December.

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