Crediton area Community Heroes recognised

By Alan Quick   |   Editorial Manager/Photojournalist   |
Monday 1st August 2022 6:00 am

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Mandy presenting a Community Hero award to the 2469 Air Cadets.

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A NUMBER of Crediton area individuals and organisations have been recognised with Community Hero certificates by the Crediton Morrisons store.

Nominations were submitted to Crediton Morrisons Community Champion Mandy Fosbrooke, who organised the recognition awards and delivered the certificates.

She thanked all those who submitted nominations.

One organisation she thanked for all it has done for the community was Air Cadets 2469.

She said: “You provide so much opportunity for your Cadets to work in the community and we look forward to seeing you in store on December 10.”

She said that the Air Cadets had been nominated by a Cadet who attended 2469 Crediton before the local group sadly  disbanded due to a lack of volunteers.

Mandy explained: “The 2469 Air Cadets still runs a strong group in St Thomas and meets on Mondays and Thursdays from 6.45pm to 9.30pm.

“The group offers a variety of opportunities for young people aged 12 - 18 who are interested in aviation and meeting new friends.

“The cadets learn drill, go on parade and camps, have the opportunity to fly when possible and carry out charity work within the local community.”

An award also went to Teresa Rowe, Deputy Manager of Kenwyn NHS Care Home who offers so much support to her residents and staff alike.

Teresa’s nomination said: “Teresa is Deputy Manager of Kenwyn Residential Care Home in Crediton.

“Every day Teresa goes way beyond her normal duties, taking care of the residents in the home.

“She shows undivided dedication to each and every one of the residents.

“Teresa will also make time in her day to talk with and listen to the families of the residents.  I know that family members really appreciate the kindness and support that she happily gives to them.

“Staff at the care home value her professionalism and the support she gives to them as they go about their daily work when they are on shift.

“Teresa would be very surprised if she won the local hero award as she is not aware of how much she is appreciated by so many people.”

Mandy said that an award also went to “Steve Gill and your lovely wife for all your hard work with Crediton Food Bank”.

She explained: “Steve and his wife have worked hard as part of the team to build Crediton Food Bank over the years.

“A big THANK YOU for all they have done to support so many people within our community We wish them both well in their new adventures after all their hard work at the Food Bank.”

The next award went to Andy Smith, the Head Teacher at Hayward’s Primary School.

Mandy said: “Andy, you are so involved in every way, you even posed for your photo straight after your year six water fight.”

Andy’s nomination read: “He has worked tirelessly to keep us all safe over the last two years, and goes above and beyond for all the pupils and staff at Hayward’s.”

An award also went to Crediton Playscheme about which Mandy said: “do so much for Special Educational Needs children in Crediton”.

The nomination read: “I’d like to nominate Crediton Playscheme.

“They do so much for children with special needs in the Crediton area and many people volunteer their time to do so.

“They give the children experiences that they may otherwise not be able to do and are supported and run by a committee of volunteers. It is an invaluable group for the children and their families.”

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