This week, Rutland and Melton MP Alicia Kearns is recognising the team at Little Angels Childcare, Uppingham, and Wymondham’s Kumar Rakshit, and Max and Will Moore for their outstanding response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Every week, Alicia celebrates at least one winner of the ‘Unsung Hero’ award, raising awareness of people doing extraordinary things locally, and bolstering community spirit amidst the pandemic. All those recognised will receive a certificate of recognition, a badge and be invited to a celebratory event once the pandemic is over as a small way to say thank you.
Kumar Rakshit is the Head Chef at the Berkley Arms in Wymondham who cooked up a venison curry for local vulnerable residents. The venison was donated and butchered by Max Moore, who delivered the 96 orders to self-isolating people in Saxby, Edmonthorpe and Wymondham with the help of his brother Will. The villagers of Wymondham recognised this initiative by donating £1,047 to the Leicester Hospitals Charity.
The team at Little Angels Childcare, headed by Lucy Lewin, have been creating free arts and crafts packs for children in Uppingham and the surrounding area, helping them have some fun during this difficult time. The team have also been making and delivering free food parcels to vulnerable families using local market stall holders and butchers.
Rutland and Melton MP, Alicia Kearns, said:
“Kumar, Max, Will, Lucy and the Little Angels Childcare team embody the positive civic spirit that will see our country through this pandemic. I am immensely grateful for their generous and thoughtful ventures, which I am sure have spread light and positivity to the most vulnerable in our communities.
“Thank you so much to Kumar, Max, Will, Lucy and the Little Angels Childcare team, you are rightfully our heroes and I look forward to thanking you all in person when our country has returned to full health.”
Other organisations who have already been recognised as heroes are Rutland Plastics, who adapted their plastic injection moulding firm to produce medical equipment for the ExCel Nightingale Ward Hospital in London, Oakham School’s Design and Technology Department, which has been creating thousands of face shields for frontline staff, and Leicestershire and Rutland 4 x 4 drivers who have been delivering essentials and transporting vulnerable community members. The Larder in Oakham, Jim Bluck from Hallaton, Melton Mowbray’s Joe Orson, Rutland Sewing and the Howling family have also been recently recognised.
Oakham School is looking for donations of PVC or PET rolls of clear plastic that can be used as the shield - please contact Alicia directly if you can donate. The Larder also has a Just Giving page, which can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/free-food-for-rutland
Alicia Kearns MP is encouraging residents who know a person or organisation that deserve recognition for their outstanding response to the pandemic to nominate them on her website at aliciakearns.com/heroes.