LOCAL heroes have been celebrated at the MP Community Awards.
A covid-19 support group and the Warwick Hospital Frailty Unit staff were among the winners at the first awards ceremony, held by Warwick and Leamington MP Matt Western.
The virtual ceremony was watched by some 3,500 people who tuned in to see eight out of 100 nominees receive awards.
Mr Western said: “I want to commend all those who were nominated and shortlisted – everyone deserved recognition for their services.
“You have all clearly touched the lives of many and supported or brought joy to those who nominated you.
“Naturally, I want to pay special tribute to the winners for their outstanding efforts to help the Warwick and Leamington community during an extremely challenging 12 months.”
The Warwick and Leamington covid-19 Mutual Aid group won the Special Recognition Award.
The grassroots organisation has formed a team of 80 active volunteers since its creation last March.
It has delivered more than 1,350 care packages containing food, medicine and supplies, and made nearly 5,000 phone calls to lonely residents.
The three individual award winners include Gary Harvey of Cool Breeze Technology Services who has donated more than 170 laptops to youngsters in need.
Healthcare assistant Kerry Rockcliffe from the Care Bureau was recognised for working 13-hour days to provide comfort and dignity to end-of-life virus patients – many without family or friends.
The final individual winner was Myton School headteacher Andy Perry who was commended for minimising the impact of school disruption and online learning on his students.
The community group award was shared between homeless charity LWS Night Shelter and the New Life Church, in Friar Street, Warwick.
LWS Night Shelter was awarded for continuing to care for its 100 service users despite the pandemic – while not having a permanent home.
The church was recognised for distributing more than 63,000 food parcels to those in need.
The team award went to the Warwick Hospital Frailty Unit which was converted into a coronavirus ward and delivered high quality care to the most vulnerable throughout the pandemic.
Aubrey Allen also took home the business award for providing 16,000 meals to deprived families in collaboration with other local traders.
Mutual Aid group administrator Tracy Kewley said: “The Facebook group helped to bring everyone together and became a forum for mutual aid, as well as a trusted source of information.
“Everyone in the group is delighted to have been recognised.”
Click here to watch a video of the event.