Within the midst of the pandemic – a time when most of us battened down the hatches – many selfless folks stepped up their efforts to assist others. The Glad Listing 2020: Covid Heroes celebrated 50 of them. Right here we ask 4 of these featured what life has been like since their onerous work was recognised:
Emdad is proud to say that he has volunteered “each single day for the reason that pandemic started”. The dad-of-three was a long-term volunteer in his east London group earlier than Covid-19 struck.
“By means of the scheme #bookbikelondon I’ve personally delivered over a thousand books to those that are remoted, lonely, aged or homeless. As a consequence of Covid I tailored the [delivery] service to incorporate meals parcels, medication and even flowers. It has purchased nice pleasure and helped to spice up my very own morale and wellbeing.”
Emdad was celebrated as certainly one of 50 nice Britons doing outstanding deeds in 2020’s Glad Listing, after he was nominated by a number of grateful folks.
“The response to my inclusion on the Glad Listing has been phenomenal,” he says. “I used to be featured on The Russell Howard Hour, I had a Santander Cycle named after me, I used to be named an England Lionheart alongside the late nice Captain Tom, and I obtained a uncommon celebratory medal from the British Pink Cross.
“I had so many beautiful feedback on social media, and my employer reserved a particular point out for me at our service briefing. It was a proud second.
“Being on the Glad Listing means the world to me. It was such a buzz to be recognised and to affix a number of such inspirational folks. It gave me an enormous increase throughout the pandemic, particularly with so many fears surrounding the unfold of the virus.”
Lorraine and Lee Lewis
Since being featured on the Glad Listing in 2020, companions in life and work Lorraine and Lee Lewis, co-founders of charity The Lewis Basis, have gone on to obtain wider recognition.
“Being on the Glad Listing led us to receiving the Prime Minister’s Level of Gentle Award,” says Lorraine. “Our work had been noticed on the Listing which led to us receiving a letter and certificates from Boris Johnson for our work.”
The Lewis Basis sends presents for hospital most cancers sufferers to assist help them throughout remedy. Unable to ship objects themselves as a result of pandemic, Lorraine and Lee discovered revolutionary methods to steer corporations to donate presents on to greater than seven hospitals throughout the Midlands, in addition to arranging exercise packages to be despatched to folks with most cancers who’re self-isolating.
Being featured on the Glad Listing additionally led to elevating consciousness of Lorraine and Lee’s nice work. “We obtained donations – financial and in-kind donations to help our work from members of the general public, and it additionally resulted in different hospitals reaching out to ask if we may present our companies.
“For the reason that Glad Listing we now present our present packs to hospitals in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire,” Lorraine provides. “It was superb to be featured on the Glad Listing alongside so many constructive folks, equivalent to Sir Captain Tom, who needed to drive change and make the world a greater place. We felt so proud to be on the Glad Listing”.
The Lewis Basis has distributed 17,823 present packs to the 14 hospitals within the Midlands. A kind of who obtained one stated “I’m 86 years outdated and struggling with inoperable pancreatic most cancers. Final yr I used to be in hospital once I obtained certainly one of your present parcels. It introduced tears to my eyes to suppose that somebody other than my household cared. Once I was within the emergency division this yr, I used to be given an isolation pack. Crammed with essentially the most helpful issues and vastly obtained. It actually does raise your spirits. Thanks as soon as once more for bringing a ray of sunshine to those who are struggling.”
For others on final yr’s Glad Listing, the popularity grew to become a catalyst for increasing their good work. Final March, Olivia Sturdy from Edinburgh’s Run for Heroes 5km problem raised over £5,500,500 for the NHS – smashing her authentic £5,000 goal.
Olivia and her staff have since turned Run For Heroes right into a charity. “Our mission now could be to get as many individuals lively as potential whereas elevating important funds for well being and wellbeing initiatives all through the UK,” she says.
“We’ve tried to proceed creating constructive change all through lockdown by encouraging folks locally to maintain match, whereas explaining the advantages that transferring can have on our psychological well being.”
The Run For Heroes group went onto elevate an extra £1 million for various Covid-19 initiatives internationally. “Our plan is to show the month of Might right into a celebration of operating and fundraising. Will probably be open for all charities and other people to become involved with,” says Olivia.
“Being featured on the Glad Listing in 2020 was unbelievable,” says Olivia. “It felt fantastic to see the Run For Heroes marketing campaign being recognised, and we obtained beautiful messages from the group after being featured on the Glad Listing – and wish to thank all those that put us ahead for it!”
“I used to be completely delighted to be on the Glad Listing, it motivated me to maintain the challenge going and to broaden it additional, benefiting extra folks,” says Nina Andersen who arrange Neighborhood Senior Letters, a pen pal challenge that matches main faculty kids with folks in native care properties.
“The challenge is now over six instances the scale that it was when it was featured on the Glad Listing, with over 250 care properties and over 250 faculties concerned each within the UK and internationally.
“I’ve discovered a lot pleasure in receiving footage of the letters and drawings made by the kids, and a whole bunch of 1000’s of care dwelling residents have been positively impacted. The response to the challenge has been nice, with significant connections being shaped via intergenerational exercise all world wide.”
About The Glad Listing
The Glad Listing was based byThe Unbiased in 2008 as an antidote to the lists that remember standing and large financial institution balances. As an alternative, it honours the nice Britons doing extraordinary issues for others with no considered private acquire, and who usually go largely unnoticed and unrewarded. You may see final yr’s Glad Listing right here. Nominations for this yr’s Glad Listing will open later this spring.