We ran the Community Hero Awards to celebrate the many unsung heroes throughout the UK doing so many varied and wonderful activities that make such a positive difference to their communities.
As there could only be one overall winner, a shortlist of ten people was put to a public vote. After all the votes were cast, Vicky Williams a Cystic Fibrosis nurse was a decisive frontrunner.
To congratulate the winner in person, Richard Morris liaised with the person who submitted the nomination to arrange a surprise visit to present the Winner with the award and a hamper which was kindly donated by John Lewis and Partners.
With the help of Kerry, who nominated Vicky for the award, arrangements were made to surprise Vicky in her ward at the New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton. The surprise presentation was also attended by the Mayor of Wolverhampton and members of Vicky’s proud family.
Kerry told us
“Vicky goes above and beyond for her patients on limited staff has a close connection with the families and gives total support, loves her job and shows it. This Cystic Fibrosis Nurse will look after the children until they reach adulthood even those that are unfortunate to make it to adulthood. She even came back from retirement to be there for those children and families. She is always looking for ways to help and support the poorly children a very determined and loving individual”.
“Clearly an inspiration to so many people and I hope she’ll feel the appreciation and affection they have for her with this award. All the other nominees should be also celebrated as community heroes, so we’ve collated their stories into TheGivingMachine 2018 Community Hero Yearbook for everyone to enjoy.” Said Richard Morris
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